I have always wanted to post on my blog with that title and this weekend I came up with this brilliant idea. My husband was feeling a bit down on himself because of his age, looks, etc. I told him that we have to look where we were to where we are now and be proud of who we are and what we want to become. So, I saw this photo of myself and I thought…wow, I have come a long way.
When I first got sick, I went to a rheumatologist and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteroarthritis. I ended up taking tons of pills for a couple of years and then just stopped them all, because none seemed to be working. What I ddidn’t realize at that time is that Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune disease and my thyroid was being killed by my body, thus my pain and my weight gain. I usually am not forthright about my weight, but I really want this to be an inspirational post.
At my highest, I weight somewhere above 393 pounds. I say somewhere above, because I have no idea. The scale would give me an error message. Dr. Cohn took about two years to get my hormones to the correct level. My thyroid level got there quickly, but I also had several other endocrine issues that she and my gynecologist had to work together to medicate. Since that time, I have lost weight. I have actually lost weight at every medical visit to my endo’s office since I had cancer. I have joined weight watchers this year, because the weight was coming off on a snail’s pace. Dr. Cohn stated that I should be very happy, because I am so healthy and because it took me many years to get this heavy and it will take years to get it off. She also said that my weight was not my fault. How many doctors are going to be honest as that with you? Most, want to blame you for the weight and suggest you quit eating so much. I digress, but today I have lost at least 65 pounds. I have gone down three pants sizes since last summer. I think that my muscle is being built back up and I am getting some of my abilities back. I may not be thin. I weighed 328 at Sunday’s weigh in, but I am healthy and I am trying one step at a time. My next goal is 322 pounds set by weight watchers. I then have a personal goal just to be below 300. I don’t have to be skinny, but I do want to just feel good about me again.
How is this inspirational? Many, many people have weight issues. I hear people tell others all of the time that they are heavy or they need to lose twenty pounds or ten pounds. My comment is always think about your health. Don’t make your weight your health and vice versa. If you begin to think about your health, your weight will come down. My challenege for you is to make a list of three goals for the months of July and August. Just try to reach those three goals. Here are mine:
1) No sweetened pop or tea – just sweet n low or splenda
2) No fried foods
3) Eat breakfast every day
The picture before this post is when I was at my heaviest and this photo is from two weeks ago. Each pound counts, each step towards health counts.