My very first post! This is it…this is the first post that people will read and decide if they like me or not. So, I need to write about something that I am familiar with…FOOD! Being honest, my weight is something that has always been a struggle. I mean, everything stress or success or obstacle that I have faced, I have faced with food. Now, I have found myself having issues with blood pressure, severe back pain, leg pain and unable to comfortably walk a few feet. I realized, and shared with my 4 siblings, that I had to do something soon or I would not be around for my kids. My insurance does not cover bariatric surgery, although I (and my doctor) have petitioned. Therefore, I have to do this on my own. A really scary thought. If I could do it on my own…I wouldn’t be in this situation.
People often think overweight people are lazy and have no willpower. That is not always the case, I promise. There are deep issues that I never realized I had. Food had always been the one relationship in my life that never let me down. I celebrated with food, I grieved with food…food knew me better than anyone else and I liked that. It is so difficult to change 50 years of wrong thinking. It is really really difficult. My siblings were there for me. telling me about a program called whole30. For 30 days, you take almost EVERYTHING out of your diet. 30 days…I thought “I can do that with my eyes closed..it’s just 30 days!” I had to remove all soft drinks (and Lord I do love my diet mountain dew), all sugars…I am not kidding when I say EVERYTHING. I can’t even begin to tell you about this…here is a link to the plan: https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/.
I started weight watcher meetings because I need accountability and because I needed a social outlet for this adventure. My siblings (although none of them needed to) all began the whole30 with me also…as did my husband. So armed with a cookbook and page after page of printed material…we started into our 30 days.
Thank God my husband can cook – there is no “easy” meals on whole 30. There is no “drive thru” pick ups on a hard day. You have to organize and plan and then organize again! The program tells you that this will redefine your relationship with food. I didn’t believe that but I thought I would sign up for the 30 days anyway. Well…after the first week of headaches, I began to see things a bit clearer. After 2 weeks, I was no longer missing my bagel with peanut butter on it and I was down 13 pounds. After 3 weeks, I wouldn’t have touched a diet mountain dew if someone was offering it to me with a promise they would take my kids for the week. After 4 weeks, I felt different. I had visited my doctor prior to starting the program and then again when I finished. My blood pressure was the lowest it has ever been, my weight was down 40 pounds, and I felt amazing.
I used these 30 days to really analyze my food addiction. I will post more on that later, along with measurements and sizes and weight. For this post, I really wanted to let you know where I stand and how I feel that my life has changed. Can I keep this up? I don’t know. I feel strong about it and I know I want to…but Little Debbie and Little Caesar are always nearby whispering into my ear.
That’s what this blog is going to do…it’s going to help me stay on track by being accountable to all that read this. I will be honest with you throughout this journey and I hope to get to know you along the way!