Do you remember her? I do. She was me in 2005 at 220. (i’m not ashamed to say that). Since then, Ive lost between 80 and 100 pounds, (depending on when you’re checking). I started losing weight about two months before I had my first seizure in 2005 – maybe 15 pounds. Some people think that my meds caused all of my weight loss, but it’s not true. I asked my Dr. along the way if it was the medicine, and he said the avg. weight loss from that med. is 7 pounds; a severe loss would be about 17. My lifestyle did change a that time, though. The seizure medicine helped – when i first started taking it, it made food not have a taste really, so I didn’t want to eat very much. I DID eat, i just ate differently. And I stopped being allowed to drive, which meant cooking at home; no more daily runs for fast, conveinent food. I stopped drinking anything other than water and lemonade, and drank a ton of water (per Dr.’s orders to keep from getting the kidney stones which my medicine can cause). It wasn’t rocket science really…I just ate less and better and moved a little.
Bob and I were talking last week and he said that i still have the eating habits of a fat person. At first I disagreed, thinking that if I ate like a fat person, i would still be really fat! But he explained: I still eat ice cream, cookies, cake, chicken sandwich with french fries, chips, etc… junk basically. I eat in moderation mostly (except cake), so it doesn’t turn me into the fatty I once was, but they’re a regular part of my diet.
Yet that’s not really good enough, i think. Fatty up there WILL return if I don’t change MORE. More veggies, more fruit, more grain, more water. Less everything else. Excercise. I want to avoid all of the health problems in my family (heart disease, cancer, poor bones, diabetes) but that’s not going to happen just because I lost a little weight, you know? it is not acceptable to slowly allow Fatty to return simply because I CAN eat in moderation. I’m better than that now, and I deserve healthy, not just thinner, too.