It was about two years ago – approximately July 2008 that I was quite overweight (about 240-245 lbs.) I did have high blood pressure and, for the first time, high blood sugar and at risk of being labeled diabetic. Both were borderline high but enough to WAKE me up. I decided right then that I was going to turn things around and I’m pleased to say – I have!
It is now two years later, and I am 80-85 lbs. lighter. I’m NOT at goal YET but I’m certainly working on it. The weight comes off more slowly now but I’m going to reach my goal and stay there for life.
I achieved my success through a few methods. Eating right, cutting out unnecessary empty calorie white food and sugar, increased my intake of vegetables and fruits and I started MOVING. Walking has probably been the majority of my exercise (with my pedometer). I use the elliptical, treadmill, worked out to some fun DVD’s that include some weights and kickboxing,
etc. The other practice that I give great credit to and believe to be a key factor in losing weight is TRACKING AND RECORDING food intake each day. It not only keeps you mindful of what you are eating, but you develop a keen sense for portion size and calories involved in the foods you consume. You start to see how it’s possible that you consumed way too many calories in the past because again – now you are aware of calories are and how it adds up easily if you are not careful.
My goal in walking is 10,000 steps per day; 6,000 of those being aerobic and I’d like to say I achieve that every single day, but I don’t. For one thing, I take at least one day off a week to let my body relax. A bad day for me is when I accidentally forget my pedometer at home. It truly spurs me to see the steps add up.
I knew there was a thinner person inside me screaming to get out and for many years, I kidded myself that I was happy the way I was. I wasn’t. I LOVE life now, I’m happy, I feel free; I can sit in restaurants and plane seats with ease where I used to dread it. I only wish I had done this sooner and younger. It’s never TOO late, but I feel so great now – that I realize I cheated myself out of way too many years of feeling this way. I actually ENJOY clothes shopping now (not that that is a good thing for the wallet) but I enjoy clothes whereas I used to just pray I’d find something that looked “halfway” decent, was comfortable and fit. Now I like style.
In a nutshell, eating right, MOVING, and tracking and recording food and feelings – KEY – put them together and it spells success. I’m still a work in progress and need to lose another 20-30 lbs. I didn’t lose this weight in 6 months and maybe not even as fast as I “should” have, but I’ll take what I have and what my future holds because I’m learning so much and loving the journey along the way.