In December 2009, I went to my doctor’s office and was told after an EKG, that it appeared I had already had a heart attack. I was only 58 years old, and scared to death. I knew my weight of 328 lbs. made me a walking time-bomb. I was suffering from high blood pressure, pre-diabetes and high cholesterol. I was on five different medications for the high blood pressure, none of which controlled it. Subsequent tests with a cardiologist showed my heart was still okay–no heart attack after all! Still I decided, “Enough is enough!” That was the day I started my final journey to get healthy. I started slowly, giving up my beloved Pepsi Cola, and eating only a single helping at the regular meals I prepared. But as the pounds came off, I became more inspired and began seeking out and cooking healthier recipes with better ingredients! I had a major interim goal of getting below 200 lbs. by my 60th birthday on Jan. 1, 2011, and I made it. Just three and a half months later I hit my ultimate goal of 160 lbs. and have never looked back.
Because of my age (62, now) I thought a blog dedicated to keeping weight off after menopause would be appropriate. I have blogged all throughout my weight loss at Spark People (http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428409)
but have no decided to take my blog to this new site I have heard so much about.
I hope I get a few followers from my SparkPeople friends, and I will probably continue to blog there occasionally too. Spark was very good to me, and inspired me to lose the weight and keep it off. I will always be in debt to that great website.
Today, keeping the weight off for me continues to be a struggle, but one I am dedicated to fighting and hopefully, winning. I am a food addict and I will never be cured, but I can make the right choices of my own free will and for that I am eternally grateful. So many people with life threatening diseases (as obesity is!), cannot simply choose to change their lifestyles and fix their problem as I did. This blog is dedicated to those people without that choice, including my sweet husband of 43 years, who was recently diagnosed with Stage Four Prostate Cancer. Please join me as I begin the most terrifying journey of my life, determined to keep the weight off and stay healthy so I can help my husband put up a good fight against this horrible disease!