Weight No Longer - Time to Get Healthy!
The Difference 50lbs Makes...
It’s amazing how you can change your life just by changing your thoughts! Add common sense and ownership of your actions and you will be astonished at your transformation! Diet pills, shakes, strict calorie-reduced diets, old wives tales/remedies, health clubs – I’ve tried them all. At one point bariatric surgery was even thought of/planned for. The downfall of these unsuccessful attempts was my defeatist attitude. It kept pulling me back into the same dismal rut, over and over. Then one day I listened to someone who spoke common sense and exuded personal will power all backed up with experience and actions. …and I learned.
A little about me before revealing the changes that have and are bringing about my good health. I am an ordinary, everyday, average woman in her 50s. Most of my weight and unhealthiness came on during and after my pregnancies. A number of physical and mental ailments besiege me on a daily basis – hypothyroidism, asthma, IBS, fibromyalgia and depression. Two strokes have left my legs with their own mind of what they can and cannot do. My job is sedentary as are most of my interests and hobbies. Losing weight and becoming healthier was not an easy task. It was and is, however, an accomplishable one.
The most important aspect of my getting healthy was to understand common sense was needed and to take ownership of myself. I had to understand and believe the beneficial impact of positive thought. Now, for someone with depression, defeatist thoughts and perhaps not the most positive living/work circumstances, that was not easy. You have heard the saying, “Fake it ‘til you make it”? Yes, that is a good place to start! There are good days and there are bad days but, in time, believing in positive thought took hold. It strengthened my resolve, my will power. I started believing I could do it. I started believing in me.
Next was to record everything (and I mean everything) I ate and drank – also what times of day these occurred. When I knew what I was actually eating (instead of mindlessly ingesting whenever I could) I started recording the calories. To say the calorie count was high would be an understatement. I immediately halved my caloric intake and that produced a positive result although nowhere near the result I had hoped for. Something else needed to take place.
The next step was to remove certain food groups to see what effect (if any) their removal would have on my body. This was tough. Very tough. I knew that lactose was a problem for my system but was quite surprised to see how much gluten products affected me. Gone was the bloat and gassiness…dropped a size almost immediately! Next to go were all products with refined sugars (that was a real toughie – I am a major ‘sweets person’). My migraines and bouts of IBS became infrequent and that alone made keeping away from refined sugars so much easier. I also removed most meats although I still eat chicken and fish from time to time.
A more positive result was evident – great – but more changes needed to occur.
People really dislike this part, as it is so much work, but meal planning was the next logical step. What foods could I choose that would still give me all the nutrition needed, taste good, be visually appealing and keep within my set caloric limit? A lot of research began (and is still ongoing) on food combining to reach maximum protein and nutrition. Learning about portion sizes – true portion sizes, not what my eyes were telling me were good sizes – was, if you will pardon the pun, an eye-opener. Another positive step was having 5-6 small meals a day…this in itself, was a true blessing – increased energy, never ‘hungry’, and the weight kept dropping off!
The next step – Exercise! Aha! You were wondering when I would get around to that, weren’t you? Well, so am I. Exercise is the weakest part of my get healthy plan. I have found health clubs to not be what I need so I invested in (thank goodness for yard sales!) a Tony Little Gazelle (I really cannot do without this incredible piece of equipment), a rowing machine, a bike and some rubber bands/cords, push-up handles and a ‘core twister’. At this point, they are not used as much as they should be but I am working on doing better. Reaching my first goal (this morning) of losing a full 50lbs is definitely motivating me. And this is also where this Hub comes in – perhaps I can motivate others as I work to motivate myself!
Again, I’m just an ordinary woman (with extraordinary dreams). There is an additional 100 lbs. to lose before reaching my perfect health zone. I am happy though, and grateful to have achieved all that I have so far. I’m also very grateful for the opportunity to learn more, achieve more and perhaps help others as I work my way to healthiness!
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