Countdown to 100
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Two more pounds to go and I'll reach the hallowed ground of 100 lbs lost. It's rather surreal. I've always believed it could happen...I just never thought it would. My goal is to weigh 175 lbs, so I'll still have 38 more to go. That's ok because I've lost 37 lbs since January. I can do this.
I've taken a rather unusual route. I finally got serious about losing weight in 2008 at 52-years-old. I had been diagnosed with type II diabetes a decade before. It was mostly well controlled with oral meds, but I was tired of being on prescription drugs for the diabetes, arrhythmia and high blood pressure. I don't really know what flipped the switch for me, other than I realized I wasn't getting any younger. I had reached 314 lbs by that time. Shopping for clothes was a major pain. I had difficulty getting around. I love to play golf and fish with my DH, but the weight was a deterrent.
I joined the Curves down the street from my office and started going most days after work. Portion control was my main "diet." That, and I waited until I felt really and truly hungry and then I ate exactly what I was hungry for, stopping the instant I was full. I read food labels carefully and kept my snacks at 15-22 grams of carbs and meals below 60, if possible. In 6-8 months I had lost 61 lbs. Then came the bad news. I had kidney cancer.
The doctors wanted to save as much kidney function as possible, especially since I was diabetic, but it was determined that the safest route was to remove my entire right kidney. All went well and five years down the road I received the "all-clear." However, I never got back on track with the weight loss. I didn't gain back the pounds...very surprised at that...but I didn't move forward.
Early this year I found my motivation again when I was having trouble keeping my blood sugar down and my blood pressure wasn't controlled even with multiple meds. Once more I started focusing on portion control. I log what I eat every day. It's simpler for me to use a small notebook I carry with me. It really helps me stay in touch with what I'm eating. I don't call any food bad. I eat what I want, but I have to write it down and generally know or look up the nutritional analysis of what I've consumed. It's eye-opening and certainly keeps me headed in the right direction. I'm not going to beat myself up for having that fast food meatball sub, but when I log how much fat, calories, sodium and refined carbs are in it, I find it easier to choose NOT to do that again. Fortunately for me, I've really developed a taste for healthy, simply prepared foods and generally much prefer that type of eating over my former favorites.
My blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol are all close to perfect now. My doctor is ecstatic. SP has been a big part of my success. The community and resources are amazing. I'm still on meds, but I know I'll be able to get off some of them eventually and reach my goal weight. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to reaching the big 1-0-0 in weight loss. When it happens I know I'll have a moment of celebration and a prayer of thanksgiving over that milestone with gratitude to SP.