The ups and downs of weight loss and growing older...
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
In November 2014 I joined our local weight loss group weighing in at 80.3kg, which I thought was reasonable for my age and height. Boy, was I wrong!
In order to become a member, I had to be weighed and measured in order for my doctor to find my ideal/goal weight. Mine was 65kg. I had to lose 15.3kg!!! Little by little I managed to find the motivation to exercise, although reluctantly, but eventually I reached that once-elusive goal, and was awarded a Certificate of Graduation from the Stawell T.O.W.N. Club.
That was the hard part done! (Yeah, right! Losing weight was ok, but keeping between 1.5kg. below my goal weight and 1kg. over, was the hard part!)
Polymyalgia decided to throw its complications in to the struggle, and suddenly I was taking 5mg. of prednisone twice per day. Yes, it did help with the pain, and as a result, give me a little more energy, but I was permanently HUNGRY!!! Instead of my weight going down, it went up and up and UP! Didn't seem to matter how healthy the meals I ate were, how low fat, low carb, and so on... the weight kept climbing, and my sense of self-worth and motivation were at the lowest I've ever known. I'd also lost my Graduate status as I was way over my goal weigh range. Never before had gaining weight sap so much of my self-confidence! All my efforts had come to nothing! I almost dropped out of the Club, but something deep inside kept reminding me that quitters never achieved anything.
A little over twelve months later, I'd managed to reduce my dosage by 1mg. per month, and am now down to just 1mg. per day. Result? The pain in still there, but much less severe, and definitely manageable now. The constant hunger has abated, and my weight has been dropping over the past four months. I'm currently classed as a Former Graduate, and have
As of today, I only have another 0.4kg. to lose in order to reach my Graduate weight, but then I must remain within 1.5kg. below 60kg. and 1kg. above it for the next thirteen weeks, before I regain my Graduate status once more. it is not the weight loss that is the motivating factor this time, it's the knowledge that if I do what I managed to do before my polymyalgia throwing a spanner in the works, I will once again be able to wear my GRADUATE SASH at all future Graduation Ceremonies, the first time being the day I will graduate for the second (and hopefully LAST time!)
To many people, the fact that once we reach our ideal weight and managed to stay within the weight limits we are presented with our Graduate Sash, and enjoy a special morning tea afterwards, may mean very little. At first when I heard about it, I thought it was some kind of outmoded practice. I was so very wrong! That sash comes to signify our achievements, and the fact that we never gave up trying. That sash is something to be proud of, knowing the amount of hard work and effort involved in achieving it.