Setting New Goals
Friday, April 17, 2009
I am so happy to be only 1.4 pound away from my weight goal of 145 and BMI of 25.
My journey began 7 months ago with a BMI of 32.4- Very Overweight! I was at risk for heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. , at 189.3 pounds! I remember thinking to myself as I overate daily and rarely exercised, "I am killing myself". Can food really kill me? Yes, was my answer. By overeating I was truly killing myself and making my 55 year old body work so much harder each day to do my daily tasks. I had inflamed achilles tendons that kept me from walking without pain and I was not able to do many activities because of that. I was out of breath walking up hills, and didn't enjoy moving fast. I felt ashamed to be seen in my loose, baggy wardrobe and even avoided going to some activities because of having nothing to wear that looked good on me. I admit it, Nothing Looked Good on ME at that weight!
I have lost 42.7 pounds since then and I want to share how I did it. First and most important change for me is to write down and/or plan all of my eating. I use the weight watchers points system, but do not go to meetings of do the online thing. I have been in that program for many years and know in my head how it works well, and for me the key seems to be to write it all down and never quit writing. I now know that for the rest of my life I will be a food planner. That is my only way of keeping the weight off for good. I feel "free" from my food addiction now. No more horrible cravings for eating and eating until "stuffed" and still wanting more. I do have an occasional day when I do eat and eat, but catch myself as soon as the new morning starts and I make a menu plan and stick to it. I eat more beans, fruits and veggies and healthy oils too.
I am now exercising and moving more now too. I do exercise videos and gardening, walking too. Now, that I have lost this weight my achilles tendons are not a problem like they were. The inflammation has almost disappeared. I have done some reading on how being overweight makes inflammation inside your body and I truly can feel that in myself. It's amazing how my body is healing itself.
Now, I have lots of loose skin in my inner thighs, and upper arms. I know over time it will shrink back in. I don't believe in cutting away skin after weight loss. My body will take care of itself if I just give it time to heal.
I hope I can inspire anyone on SparkPeople to keep on trying and don't give up. You will get there!
My new goal is a BMI of 23 for even better health. So, I am changing my goal to a lower weight soon.