Alright, so this morning, my weight was 159.8!! Today is day 11, and I have lost a total of 8 pounds! I’m so excited – I haven’t seen a weight in the 150’s in almost 2 years. It’s awesome, and I feel amazing.
I had a super-duper busy and somewhat difficult day yesterday. It was Landon’s first day of daycare, so it started out emotional, then I worked all day, traffic was bad coming home so I didn’t pick Landon up until almost 6 and by the time I got home it was almost 6:30. I had to quickly feed Landon, who was very hungry and tired (he didn’t nap well at all at daycare), get him ready for bed, put him to bed, and then I had to write a mid-term for my Differential Diagnosis class. Justin is out of town for work, so it was just me, which made everything harder, and on top of that, this cold I’ve been fighting is still kinda kicking my butt. BUT – we’re doing fine, all is well, Landon likes daycare, the test went fine and I will love my new job as soon as they let me out of orientation. 🙂 I feel a bit better today, and Justin will be home tonight. Being as busy as I was yesterday, I literally ate bars all day. All five of my meals outside of my lean and green meal was bars. Then, in between putting Landon to bed and writing my test, I ate my lean and green meal, which was 5oz of lean pork and steamed beans from the garden. It was great, and everything fit really well into the day I had. I honestly wasn’t hungry for one second. I did stick to the plan, and ate about every 3 hours throughout the day, which is easy to do, no matter how busy I am, with bars.
I know that bars all day and then some lean pork and steamed beans probably doesn’t sound all that great – but let me tell you – this whole experience is completely changing my outlook and relationship with food. And, as I said before, once I reach my target weight, I will begin replacing some of the other meals with real food – but when I do that, those meals will resemble the lean and green meals that I’m already eating. And, it will be just lovely. And to that you might say “but won’t you miss French fries and pizza and burgers and cake?” My answer to that is an emphatic NO!! Why? Two reasons: 1)Because I like the way I feel, and I don’t ever want it to go away. 2)Because I’m really learning to appreciate and enjoy healthy, fresh, natural food that makes me feel good after I eat it. Let’s be honest – how often, after filling yourself with a burger, fries and a shake can you really say, WOW! I feel great!! If you’re really being honest, you don’t say that, you feel overly full, sluggish, tired and maybe a bit guilty or even ashamed of what you’ve just done to your body.
The aesthetic effect of the weight loss is one thing – and don’t get me wrong, I’m happy about that. There’s definitely nothing wrong with looking hot in a bikini. But the health aspect of all of this means a whole lot more to me. I’m 45 years old, and over the past two years, for the first time in my life, I’ve been struggling with my weight, dealing with hypertension, and despite all of my efforts to change that, the scale was slowly creeping up, pound by pound. So, if I hadn’t made a big, lasting change, where would I have been a year from now? Two years from now? Five? I don’t want to think about it.
In my differential diagnosis class, which is the one I’ve been studying for like a maniac for the past few days, we are focused right now on diagnosing and treating chest pain, so we are talking a lot about cardiovascular disease. Here are some stats from my class that really put things into perspective for me:
This photo shows the ratio of deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest in the US compared to other common causes of death. Just really take a moment to look at this, and let it in. Here’s another statistic for you – approximately 80% of those cardiac arrest deaths were COMPLETELY PREVENTABLE with lifestyle modifications – primarily, WEIGHT CONTROL. There is an awful lot of tragedy going on in the world right now, but this to me is equally, if not more tragic – and we are all pretty much ignoring it.
Even more tragic than that, are the statistics regarding the epidemic that childhood obesity has become – this is the direct result of the terrible eating and lifestyle habits that we are passing on to children. In my pediatrics class, we were given another awful statistic regarding this that shocked me: the current generation of children is the first generation ever, that is predicted to have a shorter life-expectancy than their parents as a result of obesity.
So that’s all very depressing and pessimistic, but its important to really take a look at because it’s simply the truth. What’s great though, is that we really do have control over this. Think about that – the greatest and most powerful killer in the world can be completely controlled and eradicated just by making some new lifestyle choices. And those are: being a normal weight, eating a healthy diet, being physically active, not smoking, having a normal blood pressure, having a normal blood glucose level, and having a normal total cholesterol.
So these days, this is what I think about when I’m asking myself if I really want that pizza, French fries, nachos or whatever. And you know, I think there is a LOT more to life than putting fried, sugary, fatty, processed food into my face. So, when I think about it that way, what am I really giving up? Grilled salmon with spinach and tomatoes tastes way better anyway – I promise, it really does!!
One last photo for you – here are some of the other diseases, besides heart disease, that can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight/eating a healthy diet:
Getting down from the soapbox now…..thanks for reading!!