Nearly three years ago, I began this blog as part of my weight loss journey with Optifast. So much in my life has changed, and I feel the need to update my progress and continuing journey. Battling obesity most definitely has its emotional and physical ups and downs. Life changes and, if you’re anything like me, the number on the scale changes with it.
When I began losing weight three years ago, I was at an extremely unhealthy 230 pounds at my height of 5′ 4″. You can imagine that my weight and lack of fitness significantly impacted my physical and emotional health. I had elevated blood pressure, blood glucose and high cholesterol. I was on an array of medications to manage my weight-borne illnesses and also had to use a CPAP machine for sleep apnea.
I participated in 27 week weight loss program through a bariatric physicians’ group. My program combined the use of Optifast products, with weekly doctor visits, cognitive behavioral therapy, and weekly educational classes on nutrition, exercise, and behavior. We were required to exercise 30-60 minutes and drink 80-100 ounces of water per day, Journaling/blogging about our thoughts, feelings and progress was also part of the program and exactly how this blog was born!
In addition to the program at the bariatric center, I completed an 8 week program for weight loss at a hospital wellness center. I worked with a trainer twice per week. After my eight weeks ended, I moved on to a more independent phase of the program and met with a trainer once per month.
I got my weight down to 131 pounds, dumped my “fat clothes” at the nearest Goodwill, and began a maintenance program that involve following my dietician’s meal plan and continuing to exercise at least 150 minutes per week. Things were going swimmingly…
Then, life jumped in and dashed my “perfect” routine. Weight maintenance became hard; especially when health and time circumstances made it difficult to use the same coping mechanisms that I’d developed to combat overeating. Unfortunately, I’ve gained back 35 pounds over the past two years. It doesn’t sound like an enormous amount of weight in the grand scheme of things, but it certainly makes a difference in my confidence, clothing size, and in how I physically feel. So, now I’m on a quest to get healthy again! Luckily, this time I’m not having to lose 100 pounds, but it does mean that I have come up with a routine that aids in my success.
Because I may be sharing some very personal information about myself, family members, friends, or co-workers, I am choosing to remain as anonymous as possible on this site. I hope that my journey into weight-loss and self-discovery will not only continue to change my health and life, but will be able to help or inspire others. Please feel free to share your questions or comments anytime! 🙂