You Won’t Succeed if You Don’t Start
I had been trying to improve my health and feel better for a very long time. I started out, circa 2005, at about 280 pounds. At 280 pounds, everything is difficult. It was at about that time, that I realized that simple things, like grocery shopping, was extremely difficult and that I needed to use the motorized cart that most stores have these days. To be honest, I don’t even know what my top weight was. I quit getting on the scale at about 270 pounds and never got back on until I had reached 250 pounds.
All of my weight loss was slow and gradual and unnoticed most of the time. It was probably due to a reduction of stress and, very slowly, learning what I could, and could not, eat. I went from 280 to 230.
Gluten and my Gut
By 2006, I had begun to notice (rather forcibly) that every time that I would go out to eat, that I would need to go to the bathroom…a lot. In fact, for the last few years before that, I planned for that. The restaurant would always be the last stop so that I could go directly home. I had come to accept it as normal, at that point. That, to me now, is insane, but that’s the way it was. And I know I am not the lone ranger.
My roommate asked me if I had ever considered that it might be gluten related. She had recently seen a documentary on Coeliac disease and thought that might be the issue. So, immediately, I quit eating anything with gluten.
Ya know? You don’t realize how good you have been feeling, until you slip up and get something that you had quit eating. I had bought some type of corn chips. I glanced at the ingredients, but they’re chips, right!? Well, evidently, those particular chips had wheat maltodextrin in them. I was dry heaving for 2 days from that particular episode. Then I realized that I had been feeling great! Well, better, anyway.
That was the beginning of my getting healthy. But I had a ways to go before the weight would come off.
Joe Cross Changed My Life
In 2013, at the doctor, she was ‘harping’ on me about my cholesterol. I said that I would not take the medications that they wanted to take. Then lose weight…I’ve been trying to…etc.
She gave me a strip of paper that had 4 titles on it that she recommended to those who wanted to get healthier. One of those titles, changed my life. It was, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead“, by Joe Cross. I love Netflix and that was the first thing that I checked. Yes, they had it, and I watched it. By the end of the video, I was convinced. However, I knew that I would not stick with juicing. I have a very limited palate when it comes to juice. However, I have always been a shake fan, so maybe green smoothies!
Immediately, I went right out and got a NutriBullet, made by Magic Bullet. I can recommend it for its portability (small footprint) and power. If you go the way of frozen smoothies, like I did, however, that is not such a great idea. While the NutriBullet is a powerful little blender, it doesn’t stand up to heavy frozen smoothie use. However, it should be noted that the part that failed was the replaceable blade assembly, not the motor of the blender. If I had replaced the blade assembly, I could have still used it. In fact, I still have it. With the investment of a few dollars, it will be a great little blender again.
Green Smoothie Saga
When I began with green smoothies, that is what they were. Green smoothies with the basic ingredients of dark fruit, banana, nondairy milk, and spinach or kale. I had them about 3 to 4 times a week. At first, like we all do, because it’s new and surely ‘this‘ will work! Then, I made myself continue, because I KNEW that it had to be helping me and I really was sick and tired of being sick and tired! Maybe the difference was seeing that video first. It has some excellent examples of what happens when you stick with the program.
A few weeks later, I realized that I wasn’t just collapsing when I got home. I actually had some energy and was doing things. That had never happened before. I was actually feeling better! Another thing that was happening was that my body, while keeping the pounds, was shrinking. I lost at least a size before I ever started losing weight.
It was about this time that I lost the job that I had had for 9 years. One that I was NOT prepared to lose. Fortunately, I had a friend that gave me a temporary job for a couple of years that allowed me to work on my schedule and allow me time to concentrate on ME. Although, to be honest, at the time, I didn’t realize that was what was happening.
Taking It to the Next Level
Because I was feeling better, I began to talk walks. Taking walks because I had extra energy and I have always loved walks. Every successful weight loss ‘event’ I have had, involved walking. Another thing that happened to me at that time, was this cool little app that I found, called Mango. Something that I have ALWAYS struggled with, was taking my medication regularly. I once had a therapist that asked me, ‘Who taught you that you don’t matter?’. That made me stop and think. Well, back to the app.
I put in my medication that I was on, into the app. Immediately, it sent me all types of ‘alerts’. After reading through all of the information that was sent was that, for about 15 years or more, I had been taking my thyroid medication incorrectly.
I started taking the meds properly and after a couple of months, I asked my doctor for a test for my thyroid. I knew that I was over-medicated now that I was taking the medication properly. Two years later, and I am still getting it reduced periodically.
By 2015, I had begun taking walks and was now taking my thyroid medication properly. Another thing that happened around this time, was ‘portion control’. I was having 2 really large green smoothies a day. While this was great for my nutrient starved body, it didn’t do much for weight reduction. I don’t regret it at all. This allowed my body to get used to the huge influx of something it had never gotten much of…fruits and vegetables! I was even beginning to enjoy myself when I took trips, like when I went to Mt. Dora for a wikiHow meetup in 2015. It was amazing, how much better I felt, even with losing very little weight.
Losing Lots of Weight
Something happened around August of 2015. I started removing the dandelions from my yard. I was removing them by hand, using a dandelion tool, at first. After I ‘killed’ the tool (too many river rocks in the yard), I began using a claw hammer. Now I was really able to remove a lot of dandelions!!!
Even though it was easier to remove the dandelions, I was swinging a decent size of hammer. However, I realized that I could actually get rid of all of the dandelions in my yard. For the year, anyway. I was also unable to walk as much as I wanted to, because of pain in my feet, so this allowed me to exercise, even though I couldn’t walk. Around July, I weighed 220 pounds. 7 months later, I was at 160 pounds!!! It was amazing! I FELT amazing!
Maintaining the End Result
For 2016, I have managed to keep the weight off. Just by taking walks and having a smoothie a day. And doing my best to eat properly. Of course, there are fluctuations, but they are limited to about 5 pounds, or so. My goal is to continue maintaining this weight (or even lose a few more pounds!).
Share Your Story with Me
That is an abbreviated version of what has changed my life in such an incredible way. What is your story?