mphollins wrote: »
I am very ashamed of my starting weight of 240 pounds because for decades I wore size 10/12 clothes. I never had to watch what I ate or to keep a food diary. I was active, walked a lot, and participated in the exercise groups in the Y and local gyms. Then after menopause, everything changed.
My immune system went haywire, I developed GERD, IBS, Fibromyalgia, depression, urinary incontinence, hemorrhoids, migraines, dry mouth, insomnia, and hair loss. In the midst of all these problems, I experienced back to back stress caused the vehicle homicide or our 13-year-old daughter, flood and toxic mold damage to our home, several contractor con scams, work terminations, funeral expenses for my mother, assault and kidnapping, legal disputes, and injuries caused by accidental falls. All these things happened within a period of 20 years and my weight increased from 140 pounds to 240 pounds. I transition from being an active working adult with various hobbies and social activities to a disabled senior barely able to walk ten feet without horrible pain.
In June 2020, I told my doctors that I decided to discontinue taking their Rx pain medications and would rely on exercise, diet, and vitamin supplements. My mother became dependent on Rx and OTC pain drugs and these medications totally destroyed her digestive organs. Also, I felt that many of my doctors were dishonest and unethical because they consistently referred me to more and more specialists or gave Rx medications that caused disrupting side effects. I had one doctor that advised a colectomy to treat hemorrhoids and another a gastric bypass for weight loss.
I purchased a Cubii elliptical and began keeping a precise food diary. I limit myself to 1450 calories per day but sometimes, due to eating snack food or a sandwich, I will eat 200 calories more. My August goal weight is 220 pounds, so far I've lost 16 pounds. Each month, want to reduce my weight by 5 pounds or more and I am crossing my fingers that limiting myself to less than 1500 calories per day of healthy non processed foods will allow me to accomplish this goal.
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