Thanks sooo much for joining me for the second of my three part series, "About Me Monday." My first installment where I shared my lost year really struck a chord with many of you and I appreciate all of your sweet comments and emails.
Today I am dipping my toe into scary waters and talking about a subject that is very uncomfortable for me to share. Like, "breaking out in hives and hyperventillating" kind of scary. It is an area of my life that I have always, always, always kept very private.
But I am obese. Morbidly obese according to all the health charts.
After my year long health issues I shared in my last post, I had been feeling so much better once I found the right doctor and the solution to my problems. Although I was no longer suffering from my illness, I still felt stuck in my armor of fat and my quality of life was really lacking due to the limitations and general lethargy I felt from carrying so much extra weight. Even though I was well aware my weight was affecting my life, I had resigned myself to living my days with sore feet, ill fitting clothes and limited energy. I believed it was my lot in life.
Enter again my amazing chiropractor. Yep, the chiropractor strikes again, lol. Here's the story:
While waiting for my appointment with my chiropractor to begin, I noticed a sign for a weight loss program he offered through his practice. It was a six week plan that promised a 25 to 40 pound weight loss. Intrigued, I asked him about it and long story short, I signed up that day and have not looked back.
Now, to back track a bit, like most people who are severely overweight, I have tried many weight loss programs in the past: Diet Center, Nutri System, Medifast, Slim Fast, juicing, etc., etc., etc. All with some success, but never lasting and in fact,they were the catalyst for gaining even more weight.
The difference I feel in this particular "diet" is that it really isn't a diet in the way a person normally thinks of a diet. There are no artificially flavored shakes or bars, no processed foods. You eat healthy, whole foods - veggies, chicken, fish, fruit. Nothing that comes from a factory or has factory made ingredients. I do not have the "when I'm done, I can eat _______" mindset anymore. The phrase, "when I'm done with my diet," always meant, "when I go back to the foods that made me fat." Once I no longer am losing weight, I will still be eating the same foods, just in a higher quantity. I think that is what's made the difference for me.....I have completely turned about what types of food I like and want to eat. By eliminating the junk and eating food in balance with one another, my brain no longer calls out for sugars or fats. It has truly been a miracle for me and quite possibly may have saved my life.
I still have a way too go in my weight loss journey, but not nearly as far as I had to go when I first started in late October. I no longer shop in the plus size aisle. I don't wonder if I will fit comfortably in a theater seat or look for the closest parking spot at the mall. I am looking forward (sort of!) to getting into a work out routine. One thing I use daily is a little exercise bike that I can use when I am at the computer or watch TV. I try to get 20 minutes in the morning before work and another 30 or so in the evenings. It really has strengthened my legs and is a great way to get my "steps" in for the day.
Mother's Day 2015
*remember to always consult with your doctor before starting any weight loss or exercise program
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