** All of the women in my family have obesity, with type II diabetes and osteoarthritis (early onset) requiring joint replacement. I know that I have the genes to follow suit, and it’s something I am aware of and work at preventing. However, this last year has been hard and I let things slip more than I realized. **
Somewhere around the end of summer I had put on about 50lbs and began to notice issues with my joints and overall health. I was achy, having head aches all the time, unable to do a lot of what I used to do due to joint pain as well as not ovulating/irregular periods for the first time in a long time.
I went to my Doctor, knowing full well that I was likely to develop diabetes and osteoarthritis if I wasn’t careful. They’re still investigating my joints, but I *thankfully* do not have diabetes or even pre-diabetes. However, this experience was enough to scare me into some changes, and I really want to share my progress.
I did NOT do a diet – I don’t believe in them. I DID change my lifestyle though.
- I only eat 3 balanced meals per day. I know snacking is supposed to be good for you, but when I snack – I make bad choices, even when all I have is healthy snacks. So, for now, snacking is out of the question. Eating good, lasting meals makes me fuller longer so I don’t feel the need to snack.
- Vitamins galore!
- Only drink water or coffee (and only coffee in the AM).
- No chips, chocolate, candy or pop. This was HARD… I didn’t realize how much I’ve come to enjoy a little chocolate pick-me-up or chips during movies. *yikes*. However, I am well through the worst of it and now find it much easier to not indulge.
- No takeout of any kind (not even “healthy” takeout). Every meal from a restaurant comes with double the calories of what I’d eat at home…plus, when we get takeout we’re more inclined to get bad things because we’re eating in the privacy of our own home. We have eaten out at a restaurant a few times, but been careful to make good choices.
- Increased daily activity. Park further away, take the stairs, do an extra lap walking the dogs, use the bathrooms at the far end of my work building, etc. etc. Little things that, when added up, make a big difference. 😊
Eventually I plan to reintroduce healthy snacking because I do believe it is good for your metabolism but right now, I know I don’t have the self-control to consistently make good choices and even to KNOW when I need a snack vs. when I’m emotionally hungry.
My progress has been great.
- Weight-loss: I’m down 9.6 lbs.
- Clothing: I feel a big difference in the way things fit, but not enough to buy anything new yet.
- Non-weight related:
- I took the stairs at work and had NO pain! I almost skipped down them it felt so good. 😊
- Daily headaches are down to a couple per week (max)
*I’m thinking about starting Yoga but no idea where to begin? What about you? What works for you to keep in shape?