Realization: it helps to take pics of the food I eat before I eat it
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
My recent weight loss history starts 1 year and 3 months ago when my mom died. I decided then at 283 pounds that I did not want to die with diabetes which is exactly where I was headed. I found a dietician which is a benefit of Medicare and my journey started. I saw my doctor and found out I was pre-diabetic. Over then next six months, I lost 50 lbs. Then, over the next six months, I lost only 5 lbs. followed by a plateau.
The next thing I did was to get honest about my late night snacking and actually include it in my nutrition log. That helped and I immediately went down 2 lbs. in about 10 days.
Next, my dietician suggested I take pictures of my food and text the pictures to her. Immediately, I started thinking about how to make my food beautiful. After all, I did not want to text pictures of lack-luster or hastily-prepared food. The results are astounding. While I still have the rebellious voice inside my head telling me what I put into my mouth is nobody else's business, on the other hand, I know dieting on my own is a disaster. My food has notched up, my meals are beautiful, weighed and measured, and my late night snacking remains at bay. I am down 55 lbs. from my start weight. Every day I am amazed when I look in the mirror and see the real me emerging.
Other things I do that I should not leave out of this blog: my dietician is an acupuncturist and that helps with appetite, and also sore muscles. I also do physical therapy about 2x week for 42 minutes which is a great help and strengthens my body measurably. I also do aerobics at least 60 minutes a day, sometimes more, mostly on my assault airbike which is an amazing piece of machinery that did not break the bank, walking, swimming, and sweatin with the oldies dance aerobics. I know I am on my way to my goal. What an amazing journey this is!
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