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Little Victories

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I've started with the new way of eating in September last year. The first 3 months was hard, but exciting and full of changes. The least of these some weight loss.
THEN came Christmas..New Years...Visit by family...a 13th birthday party (I'm now a proud parent of a teen!) ...a 4oth Birthday party...a 10th birthday party...more family members visiting.
I ended getting on and off the wagon on a daily basis. And ended up gaining 4kg's in 4 months (of which 3kg was in the last week of family visiting!)

Come 2 weeks ago, I pulled up my socks. I had to rethink and redo and remember a lot of things. The hows, the whys of my lifestyle - now and then and of the past 40 years.

Within the first week I lost the 4kg's that I gained and this past week lost a few more grams. I am making progress again.

Some of the progress a friend of mine pointed out today. She told me that she remembers that six months ago I struggled to move. My movements were slow and painful and today she is amazed at how swiftly I move. I am by no means an athlete! I can hardly manage a 20min walk without something being sore. But I can get up from a chair far easier. I can move around my house and kitchen better and I can manage a slow 15min walk. emoticon

My thyroid has been giving me some problems. I went to see a specialist and he commended me on my weight loss so far, but gave me the option to lose weight by surgery or mediation. He is of the opinion that I won't be able to lose all the weight and keep it off by means of weight loss. He asked me to give (especially) surgery serious consideration.
For now I can not consider surgery. I will struggle on with changing my lifestyle and hopefully make a big enough progress so that I do not have to go under the knife.

I am planning to start an exercise regime soon. Seriously, I still have to wrap my head around it - even if it is supposed to be a no-brainer, and soon. I want to be able to move even better that now.

That is me for today. Will check in again soon. Hopefully soon will bring me down another few kilo's.
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    Hie Karen, soldier on dear. Take comfort in knowing you are far from what you used to be and this is after all a lifestyle. Even if it takes years as long as you keep moving forward with healthy living.
    2273 days ago
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    I have to completely agree with HIPPICHICK1 on the surgery. Unless your life is in actual danger, I don't agree with it AT ALL. You seem like a motivated lady! You can do it. You really can. I don't know if you have seen them, but if you do have issue getting up and exercising, there are some great chair cardio and strength videos on Sparkpeople. Maybe give those a look. Then when you are feeling up to it, do more walking.

    You can do this without surgery! I know you can. Great job on losing some of the weight back. emoticon emoticon
    2273 days ago
    I'm so glad to hear about your progress - and yes, I consider it all progress! Even the weight gain, because you lost it quickly once you got back on track. In fact I am really proud of you!! This is spectacular news!
    I think you know how I feel about surgery for weight loss - that unless the issues that cause one to eat emotionally are resolved, the surgery isn't a guarantee that the weight will stay off.
    I have three friends who have had surgery for weight loss. One started at over 400 lbs. She lost over 100 lbs following surgery and the next year gained it all back because she is an emotional eater. Another friend who started at just over 300 lbs, lost 100 lbs in under a year and has recently admitted to regaining 25 lbs. She is in the throes of starting a new relationship and also an emotional eater. The 3rd friend lost only a bit of weight after surgery and quickly gained it back because she has never addressed her emotional eating issues.
    Going under the knife to solve a problem in one's head doesn't make sense to me. I'm happy to hear that you are not considering surgery.
    Love you Karen!!
    2273 days ago
    Way to get back on top of it!

    Helpful hint: Keep track i pounds, you see more progress LOL!
    2273 days ago
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