Today, I started by taking it easy. I am doing better from my vacuum fall. I realized that I am not doing the best to take care of myself. I feel stressed out and crabby, a lot of times, but I don’t eat very well.
I realized that I can’t function well, if I don’t eat enough nutritious food. Plus,I need to exercise more. At the same time, I need to not push myself too far because I don’t want to go backward.
I am not a big believer in “I’ll start tomorrow” because if I can’t do it today…Why tomorrow? I am a huge yo-yo dieter so I remember those days. I am learning more about myself, little by little.
So I started today. I actually ate breakfast, lunch (late but better than not), an apple for a snack and some chicken for dinner. I really am an example of, a very obese person who is malnourished. I would normally eat cereal for breakfast, no lunch. I’m ashamed to say now, but I would eat some candy to have a little energy, in the late afternoon. Then, something for dinner or ice cream if I didn’t want to cook. I know it is horrible. I take vitamins but it’s not the same.
I don’t have much of an appetite because of side effects of meds. If I haven’t been very active I have no appetite. As far as exercise goes, I ride my exercise bike 30 -45 minutes, 4-5 times a week. I only do this much because, last year I came very close to having peripheral artery disease, PAD. I used to exercise, almost everyday, before the neuropathy pain started.
I stopped exercising because I found the neuropathy pain would feel worse. Last year, the pain in my feet and legs far surpassed the neuropathy pain. My feet were turning dark blue and purple, then bright red and the pain was unbearable. My doctor sent me for a test that showed I did have PAD. My doc was very concerned because I am only in my forties. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if I was 20-25 years older, but he needed to find out what was going on. I was terrified. I’d been to the ER a few times already, so I realized I needed to do something.
I started riding the exercise bike, I pushed myself hard. Riding 1-1 1\2 hours everyday. When I would lay down, after I rode, I would feel little pulses all over my legs.I really think I was border line PAD and God gave me a wake up call. The next test showed no PAD! Praise the Lord!
So, I know if God can help me to pass that pain and exercise I really can, “do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. I really need to lose 100 pounds. I know I need to do this through good nutrition and exercise. I have lost 70 lbs before, I know the key to success. It is consistency, being stubborn and continuing, no matter what. If I messed up one day, I went right back on my diet, the very next day. I also exercised about 3 hours everyday.
I’m not even going to pretend and say it was easy. It was a fight and I need to fight again. I’m telling everyone who reads my blog, I am starting my healthy diet and exercise today. I will keep you posted and you can keep me accountable. Here’s to a good start. Wish me luck.
” Never Give Up! “