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For many years I had been over weight. I knew it and everyone I knew also knew it. I had several people including a doctor tell me over the years that I needed to lose weight. All those years and as much as I knew it, I didn’t have the desire to lose weight. Sure, I had those half hearted attempts at weight loss. But somewhere deep down I didn’t have the want or desire to stay with it. I knew (or thought I did) the potential health problems that could occur with continuing to be over weight yet I still did nothing.
When I found out that I had diabetes I knew that my weight probably had a lot to do with it. I knew before that my weight had caused issues with high blood pressure and cholesterol but this time it was different. This time the doctor told me I had to lose weight and something inside me clicked. This time I really had the desire to lose weight.
I don’t know if the thought of diabetes was the actual trigger or it was just the time when I really wanted to change things. It might have been the combination of being scared of the diabetes (although I am not sure why the high blood pressure or cholesterol didn’t scare me) and the desire to start feeling less tired and have more energy.
I know that all those years I didn’t do it for my kids even though they suggested it. I didn’t do it for Mrs. EB who thought it might be a good thing. I didn’t do it for my doctors who had strongly suggested it. For some reason I didn’t want to do it and so the weight continued to pack on. It packed on to a point that I was almost double the weight that the BMI chart showed I should be. It packed on to the point that I was considered morbidly obese. Yet I still did nothing until that day in May 2008 when I said “I want to lose weight and get healthy and I want to do it for me”.
That day was the beginning of my life-long (or the remainder of it, although I don’t plan on going) journey to be a healthier me. 85 lbs have been shed, 10 inches have been lost from the waist line, my body fat has been cut in half, my chronic snoring has disappeared and I have the energy to do things that I used to run out of breath doing. I actually weigh now what I did when I graduated high school all those many years ago.
In the end you have to lose weight because YOU want to and YOU have the desire to do so. If it isn’t for YOU then you won’t succeed.
I found this article today when I was reading and I must say that I totally agree.
When I found out that I had diabetes 18 months ago there were 2 things I purchased to help me out. One was a scale. No not a weight scale as you might think but a kitchen scale so I could keep track of everything that I put in my mouth. The second was a pedometer.
The pedometer was a valuable piece of my equipment in losing weight and controlling my sugar levels. Putting a pedometer in my pocket made me more cognizant of the amount of activity I was doing every day. While I didn’t (or still don’t) actually hit the 10,000 suggested steps every day I am aware of when I need to do some additional walking because I have had a long day sitting in the office. One thing we are told by the doctor and nutritionist when you are diagnosed with diabetes is that exercise will help to reduce the sugar level and any level of exercise is better than none. Just know how much walking you are doing in a day has helped me and the pedometer is one of the tools you can use.
The pedometer I purchased was Omron HJ-720ITC USB Pocket Pedometer and is one that can be but doesn’t need to be clipped to your waist. This one will work fine in your pocket so no one even knows you are using one. This is one simple tool that works and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a simple way to make sure you are getting some exercise, looking to help with fighting diabetes or other health issues that can be helped with exercise or even if you are just interested in how much you walk every day.
When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no "I’ll start tomorrow." Tomorrow is disease. ~V.L. Allineare