Friday, January 4, 2013
Word for the Year - Health
In 2008 I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. I didn't get serious about trying to change anything until April of 2010 and it has been a battle since then. In 2010 I lost 44 pounds, then in 2011 I maintained it part of the year, gained about 15 back by the end of 2011 and gained the rest back the first half of 2012. In July of 2012, a few weeks after returning home from our road trip in which it was glaringly obvious to me that I was out of shape and unhealthy again, I decided I needed to do something for real.
I started Atkins in July, and it really was a last minute thing. A friend messaged me on FB after seeing I was distressed about the battle to lose weight, and she shared with me that she had lost 9 pounds in two weeks, on Atkins. I went directly to the Atkins Website, signed up (free) and started that day. I lost 13 pounds in the first 14 days, and have lost a total of 34 pounds to date.
I started Atkins because I heard it would make the carb/sugar cravings go away. I knew I was addicted to carbs and sugar and I hated feeling trapped, desperate and out of control. If Atkins could make the cravings go away, then I was willing to try it. The first 3 days I white knuckled it and then "like that" the physical cravings were gone. I felt FREE for the first time in a long time. The battle since then has not been physical, it is mental and emotional. I react to the sights and smells of fresh bread and other baked desserts. I had to unfollow a lot of food boards on Pinterest and start following low carb healthy food boards because the pictures were making me crazy.
I have been at a standstill more than once since July. I feel a lot better, my blood sugar numbers have gone down, I don't feel like a heavy weight is on my chest anymore, I don't feel sluggish at 3pm, I am not having acid reflux, I sleep better, my back hurts a lot less and just overall I feel better.
That said, I know I can feel better than I feel now if I just step it up. I have gotten lazy with the diet and find myself indulging more in Sugar Free treats. I want to dial that back and go back to Phase 1 of Atkins again, combined with adding exercise to my routine, to see if I can jump start the weight loss and finally get under 200 pounds. My ultimate goal weight is 160 - it is a number I think I can realistically maintain and about 18 pounds more than my lowest weight ever, which was not easy to maintain.
So, there it is. This year I am focusing on getting healthier by continuing to eat better and starting regular exercise.
What's your word for the year?