Beginning---in the Middle
Friday, May 02, 2014
I am a four year veteran of Spark People. In my first year I was guns afire, losing 70 pounds and working out every day. Then came hip replacement surgery.6 dislocated hips and 4 more hip surgeries. Then came several brushes with death due to asthma and massive doses of intravenous steroids. The weight came back....inertia, pain, medicines all took their toll.
Last year I tried the "EAt to Live" diet and lost 25 pounds....of the seventy five I'd gained. But the recipes were expensive and difficult and VERY time consuming. I couldn't keep it up --especially since I got no support at home....And the 25 came back along with another 25...so I now need to lose at least 100 pounds to get back to a healthy weight... Yesterday's MD visit summary had my BMI on it . 40.25. I've never been in the forties before. So I've decided. I need to regain control.
Yesterday I filled out my shopping delivery list from the Spark People diet. Tomorrow is the first day. Beginning with Lunch as my groceries will be here by then. And exercise. My breathing is horrible. I don't know whether I have lung disease from the medicines I take for the RA or whether it is my horrific asthma back for a visit. I overcame my breathing issues once before by walking...a tiny bit further each day. But right now my lungs are so bad I wouldn't feel comfortable wiht the risk of being outside away from my nebulizer and the phone and a place to sit down...
I asked for a DVD for mother's day, "TAi Chi for people with Arthritis"...I'll bet it is also good for people with asthma. I will give it a go. I have also been doing some strength exercises which get me gasping as well...Wall pushups, lifting two pound weights, leg lifts, calf raises on steps. If I can develop some muscle that will burn a bit more fat and calories.....if I can lose some inches....If I can eat right and stop eating out so much....
I feel a niggle of hope. I really just have to get serious.
And I will.
And I am.