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Hello peeps... Hope all of you are well - whoever is out there listening.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

When I look at all the weight I have to lose it seems pretty daunting especially when you have to lose over 200, but a pound is a pound so I’m not going to look the weightloss fairy (as opposed to the “gift horse”) in the mouth. The past year has been a huge struggle for me to overcome a lot (mentally and physically) – medication and therapy helps. While I’m not 100%, I’ve made some big strides and in the end, it’s all good and has helped me feel more worthy of the effort.

A past discussion with a friend who is a fitness instructor suggested to me the idea of setting a weekly goal to try to meet relating to weightloss instead of thinking about how much I had to lose overall – which, as I said (and you probably know) can be very daunting. She said to think about it like if you want to buy a house and know you'll need a certain amount for a down payment so you plan to save so much out of each check for the next 4 years (or whatever is an acceptable time and amount for you to manage well). So I planned out how much I want to lose and then calculated how much a week to reach my goal by the end of 2013 and it works out to be about a pound a week.

That certainly doesn't seem as daunting, does it?

But I’m happy to report that I’m now down 22.5 pounds. It’s been slow going but at least in the end, it’s still a loss. I’m trying very hard to keep a positive attitude. Considering how much of a pessimist I am, that’s very hard sometimes.

So I’m just taking baby steps. I didn't exercise much more than usual – it’s too hot for me but also physically I’m struggling (more on that below), but I cut back on the amount of soda(pop) I drank in the week (on Day #4 of “NO SODA”) and was snacking less and VOILA!... here's to keeping it up. But the key is to now forget the 22.5 and concentrate on losing my next 1 pound - if I get more than that lost - bonus!

As far as the heat – I’m one of those people who cannot stand the heat/humidity – to the point it makes me sick to my stomach. It doesn’t help that my apartment doesn’t have A/C so when I sweat just sitting there in front of a fan nearly naked, the thought of getting up and exercising doesn’t turn me on. As well, for the past several months I’ve had constant numbness in my toes and most of both feet. I visited both my primary doctor and my foot specialist and testing shows that my B12 (for which I give myself monthly injections in the stomach) and my H1C (for diabetic sugar) is at 6.2 (down in 6 months from 7.0!) so it’s not either of those. So the foot doctor said that it’s either damage to nerves in my feet which cannot be fixed or that I have a hip/back problem that is “showing” in my feet so I’ve made an appointment with a specialist for back/hips but unfortunately, can’t get in to see her before October 25th unless someone cancels (here’s hoping). It’s a strange feeling to have constant numbness in your toes and feet, especially when I walk. At first I was frightened that I was going to have stroke or something but things seem to be okay for the “normal” checks on such a symptom.

In any case, here’s hoping I’m on the mend and the weightloss continues.

Good luck to all of you as well. I’m rooting for you!
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    Hey Dani,

    This is great news! I'm so happy you've been making progress. Despite the heat. Despite the weird foot numbness. Despite all the other things that I'm sure are going on but you didn't mention here.

    And wow, did I just read that you've done FOUR DAYS of NO SODA AT ALL?! That's Fabulous!!!

    Sounds like you're on your way. emoticon
    3752 days ago
  • *MADHU*
    emoticon on your success so far!
    3758 days ago
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