Two years ago today, at 271 lbs, I was preparing to begin on a new diet. I had been told a few weeks before that I was an "early diagnosed" diabetic. I had taken the classes but had not seen much change in my dieting attempts over the last 30 or so years of being overweight and trying, then failing at losing weight. My doctor had talked about medicine....I asked if I could have some more time to do it on my own....I was frightened and looking at my own mortality at 61 years old. My husband has always been active, and I was wondering if I would always be heavy, afraid to try anything because of my weight, and ruin my health. I got online and started looking....I found the Prevention magazine Dtour diet....but what happened over the next 14 months has proven to be one of the biggest keys to my weight loss....I changed it from a DIET into a LIFESTYLE!! Duh...finally found out that it wasn't a case of going on a diet, losing weight, then going back to eating the way I did before!
I have also realized that something I did differently was doing things more slowly....not starting an eating plan, exercise, water drinking, etc., etc., all at once. I concentrated on my eating for at least 2-3 months before I started exercising, then added on other things at a slower pace.
Then there is exercise...I am exercising more now at 63 than I have for YEARS...I amaze myself regular!! :) I started exercising (the WOW walking program and riding my recumbent trike). I still exercise 5-6 days a week. My husband and I do more together - even went sea kayaking this year!! (would have never even tried before)
Somewhere along the way, I found SparkPeople...what a wonderful key to losing weight and keeping it off!! More knowledge than I can take in and a wonderful group of friends who know EXACTLY what is going on with me!!! Been there, done that!!!
I lost 121 lbs in 14 months and have kept it off for 10 months next week! My eating IS a lifestyle....I can have pizza occassionally, for example, just much less.... I eat breakfast every day....NEVER ate it in the past. I still walk those 5-6 days a week. I am working on getting more sleep...gotta have a challenge, I guess! I am off my blood pressure meds, my blood work is great, and my diabetes doesn't show up in my blood work!! My doctor tells me that I don't have to gain back 100 lbs to have the diabetes kick in....just 20 lbs could do it, so I am determined to be diligent!!!
I look at this picture of Christmas two years ago, me colapsed in that chair,
and remember how exhausted and hopeless I felt....gosh.....just TWO years!
Thanks to God, my family, and my friends, and, let's be honest here, to my hard work and determination....if WE aren't proud of ourselves, who will be?! I know I must be vigilent and continue the work....for those of you who are just beginning, DON'T GIVE UP!! If I can do this, YOU can! Just look at what just two years can do!!!