Ten Years on Spark People (Really)
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Hello Spark Friends. I am amazed I still have many SP friends since it has been so long since I have written a blog. Here I am (still). My mantra is Never, Never, Never give up.
Ten years ago I began a journey to health. I was struggling with high blood pressure. My first step was to stop eating meat and poultry.
Then I found out I had severe sleep apnea and began using a sleep machine. I had battled terrible back pain for a few years.
I began working with a dietitian and joined a gym. I reaped the benefits in a huge way and in one year had lost 100 pounds.
Then the bottom dropped out. I experienced some devastating family issues and my stress level went off the charts. Unfortunately the issues did not resolve until several years later. IN the meantime, I had to start taking anti anxiety medication and seeing a counsellor to help me cope with depression.
DUring those years, I did do some emotional eating but I continued to track my food and fitness here on SP. My weight began creeping up until I had gained it all back. That's when frustration kicked in.
I turned myself around and began eating completely healthy and exercising again. For over two years I followed the plan, but instead of losing weight, I found myself gaining. Then I hit a plateau for another year or more. Talk about discouragement and wanting to give up. But I held on. I reminded myself, even if the weight was not coming off, I had to be healthier for making good choices every day.
I kept asking myself, how could someone at my weight and eating so little calories not be losing weight? Calories in vs calories out was not adding up! I do not eat a lot of carbs and had already cut out sugar. WHat is wrong with my body?
Last year my husband was talking to someone who had a similar experience and she told him about a new doctor she was seeing, who seemed to be helping with her issues. My husband did some research and found a similar doctor within driving distance of where we live. He made an appointment for me.
Prior to seeing the doctor I had to have extensive blood work (6 vials) and urine tests (samples every 4 hours for 16 hours) done. WHen I saw the doctor (he specializes in bio-identical hormone therapy) he went over and completely explained the test results and how it all is impacting my weight loss. He explained PVOS and metabolic disorder, which he believes I have. The biggest issue is my cortisol levels are literally way off the charts they are so high. THis affects so many other functions that several of my systems are negatively impacted.
He prescribed a personal regimen of shots, pills, creams and a powder (to add to water and drink) to overcome my issues.
It has been three weeks now and I have lost almost 5 pounds. It does not sound like much. Believe me when I tell you I am thrilled to see the scale moving in the down direction at all, after so long.
I say all of this to remind us all, to never give up. NO matter how discouraged we might feel. No matter how long the scale does not move in the right direction. No matter how frustrated we feel. I just kept remembering why I started this journey 10 years ago. I review my goal board at least once a day.
This road is a rough one. There are no easy fixes. We each need to find our own path that works for us. For me, I need my eating patterns to be sustainable over the long haul, not some fad in the moment. I encourage each of you to find yours.
I know there are going to be lots of bumps in the road still. With the help of my SP trackers, my friends here on SP to support me and my goals in front of me, I know I CAN DO THIS!