Saturday, April 26, 2014
I wish that I could tell everyone out there in SparkPeopleLand to get out and exercise and get healthy, while you still can.
This is my umpteenth time at trying to lose weight---probably my third or fourth on SparkPeople.
Right now, I'm 52 years old. I have been overweight my whole adult life. I've battled with love of food, and hatred of exercise. I have always...
ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS
said that when my weight became an issue I would buckle down and lose it. When my blood pressure went above normal, or when I became diabetic, when I began to show signs of heart disease, or when my joints and bones started to unusable due to the weight.
That's what I always said.
Six years ago, I tore a tendon in my left leg, but I passed that off as being clumsy.
Five years ago, my doctor told me I had borderline high blood pressure, but I figured that was just because I was stressed at the time.
Four years ago, while I was on vacation with my family, my husband had to take me to the emergency room to have a cardiac workup (which showed everything was normal---and that it was just an anxiety attack, thankfully).
I used to lose weight just by thinking about what I ate. No tracking or exercise needed! Seriously---I could lose five pounds just by being conscientious of my intake. I could lose another five just by adding a 30 minute walk in, three times a week. In 2004, I lost 60 pounds without really trying.
But, I gained it all back and then some. No worries---when the time came and I had to do it, i could lose it again in a heartbeat, right?
Today, at 52 years old, my metabolism has slowed down and I gain weight fast and lose weight slow. Exercise? i can't do it. I ripped another tendon in my OTHER leg and am in a hard brace until Christmas. My doctor told me that I could resume normal activities when I wasn't in pain anymore.
Last week, I don't even know what I did---but my left knee got yanked or pulled or something. I think it's just a pulled muscle, but it still hurts a little bit, so I've been trying to stay off of it as much as I can.
This morning I told myself to stop feeling sorry for myself. I went out and tried to mow the lawn.
This was a mistake.
I backed into a large rock, lost my balance, and landed on my bad foot. Rather than stop right then and there, I got stubborn and said, "I can do this!" and proceeded to mow a large part of the yard after that...
...with a throbbing ankle/foot.
But don't worry. My stupidity was rewarded with a great deal of pain.
So, now I CANT exercise. I can't, or all practical purposes, move.
And I can't lose weight.
So please, if you CAN lose weight, do it today. Don't be like me and wait until it's too later to do anything.