As I have promised on my Facebook page, I am going to document my weight loss journey towards better health. If you remember, I chose the word “health” as my word to live by for 2015. I’m pleased to announce that my spiritual health is the best it’s ever been and I continue to grow as I read Rabbi Zelig Pliskin’s book, “Building Your Self-Image.” However, I’ve finally decided to make the decision to go to a bariatric weight loss clinic for help to lose over 100 lbs over the next 18 months. I will be working with both a doctor and a nutritionist to create a workable plan towards lasting weight loss. In addition, I will be exercising 6 days a week at our local fitness center.
Why now, you ask? Well, honestly, it’s because I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I know that my 5 foot 8 inch frame should not be supporting all 260 pounds of me. Before my pregnancy I had lost 30 lbs and then the weight loss stalled. For months I would lose and regain the same few pounds. Then, during my high risk pregnancy, I developed cholestasis and began experiencing cravings for pure sugar. It wasn’t unusual for me to eat a whole package of bakery cupcakes in a day. For what should’ve been a ten pound maximum weight gain turned into a 50 pound weight gain. And then there was the blood clot after my c-section. Despite taking lovenox injections religiously, I developed a DVT in my upper right leg, the same place where only a year prior, I also had a DVT develop. When I went to my hematologist and obstetrician after my hospital stay, the first thing both of them said was, “You need to lose weight. You are putting yourself in danger by remaining overweight.” The question then has remained, “How?” It took a lifetime to put on this weight, but how does one go about taking it off safely and effectively? That’s what I’m looking forward to learning as I work with medical professionals to help me along this journey.
While my husband states that he loves me regardless of a number on a scale, and I know this to be true, it’s a matter of my loving myself and being proud of who I am. It’s time for the inside to match the outside, and let the world see who I really am. I invite you to join me as I blog about my weight loss journey here on The Middle Shelf.