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Have you written your story?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

My husband has asked me to write his biography, to promote the opening of our daycare. It got me thinking about my story. Then I read Dean Anderson's story. I think writing our success story is a good way to plan for the future.

I was a chubby baby, the little sister who wasn't so little. My mother noticed, and treated me differently than my sister, like "Kris can have ice cream, you can't" So I learned to sneak ice cream. I developed issues with neglect and deprivation. If faced with a choice, I would eat both. I learned to hide behind my brain. I went to school, found a partner, had children, advanced professionally. I learned to deal with childhood trauma, and a diagnosis of mental illness. Life was successful but I gained weight, I dealt with stress by eating, I had gained the baby weight, and I was too busy being a mother, a wife a professional to work out. I have soem food addiction issues. My health suffered. I had a diagnosis of gestational diabetes, which didn't go away when the baby was born. I ignored it. For ten years.

Along the way, I dieted. I tried ever short term diet out there. I once figured that I had dieted twice a year starting at age 12- 30 years ago. that's 60 attempts at dieting. I would start January 1, and then again in September. Nothing took, nothing lasted. and I was progressively unhealthy.

In October of 2011, I was tired, depressed and sick. My blood sugars were elevated. My A1C was 14. I was on some serious medication and it was just getting worse. SO, I took 6 weeks off from work, admitted I needed help and set about to get healthy. Not to lose weight, although I figured that would be a bi-product of being healthy.

I journal what I eat, joined a gym and started working out. All those diets, all those years, I had gained knowledge about diet, exercise adn I put it to use. I lost 20 pounds. I discovered SparkPeople. I admitted I needed more help, and I went on insulin therapy. I have battled it for a year. I am off insulin now, but continue to struggle with consistency. I know what I need to do; and created a daily checklist of steps to take care of myself. Some days, I do great, others I stand still. I don't go backward. All of it works together to paint a picture of health. I treadmill daily, and do strength training three times a week ( that's the plan anyway). I spark each day. I have daily goals, weekly goals and a bigger picture. Some days are great. All of them work together. Biggest change- I make time for me. I plan menus for my health and taste and cook to please me. My family has to adjust. I am trying supplements, and still take oral meds. I demoted at work ( less stress, more time) and I work on projects that please me. Hopefully, the next episode of my story is that the consistency paid off, and the weight begins to drop. I have gained and lost this same 5 pounds for several months.
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