Sunday, August 30, 2015

Losing weight

Hey there, it's been a while so I thought I would post today.

I've struggled with my weight for several years now.  In the past when I thought I was fat I wasn't really fat.  I just wanted to be perfect.  I would lose weight and then stop following the plan and gain it all back plus some extra.  In my early 40s I ran a lot to keep my weight under control.  I was healthy and my BMI was in the normal range but I wasn't "skinny".  At some point I had to stop running because my knees started hurting to the point that I dreaded climbing the stairs after I ran.

Well, when I quit running the weight piled on.  Before I knew it I was in the "overweight" range of the BMI scale.  For those who don't know, BMI refers to Body Mass Index which is a rough calculation of your fat to lean ratio.  Anything above 25 is considered over weight.  In recent years my weight has gotten high enough that my doctor wanted to sign me up for a special program.

I honestly did not want to add a medical weight loss program to my life.  I was a little afraid that they would start talking about bariatric surgery and I did not want to "go there".  For those who have had bariatric surgery, please don't take that as a criticism.  I just don't like to have surgery if at all avoidable.  Period.

I really did not know what to do because I had given a lot of things a try and not had good success.  I prayed about it, asking God to show me some way to get my weight down that would be healthy.  I'm generally a healthy person but being overweight is a risk factor for a lot of things, so I wanted to get my BMI back to normal range.

A couple of months later a friend contacted me to ask if I wanted to participate in a 21 day weight loss challenge.  It would involve a 7 day "cleanse" phase to rid the body of lots of toxins, etc., and then 14 days of one of the quicker weight loss phases.  Both phases looked super healthy (LOTS of fruits and vegetable and protein) and do-able for 21 days.  After praying and thinking about it I decided "OK I'll try it."

Well, the first 5 days were hard (I started the cleanse late so I only did it for 5 days instead of 7) but I made it and then started phase II.  By the time I was finished I had lost about 6 pounds--the best I had done in a long time!  I decided to switch to the plan's "slow and steady" menu, which allows one high quality grain serving per day.  Since then I have lost another 4 pounds.  I'm officially down 10 pounds from my top weight.  To say I'm encouraged is an understatement.

So, that's my initial story about this weight loss thing.  I'm going to start telling about what I'm doing and my success/unsuccess to just share my strategies and keep myself accountable.

Till next time!