Not expecting any responses - just having a lightbulb moment.

I ate too much grease / oil last week - just a bit on each day, but on Friday it kicked off the IBS big time and I missed a lovely evening out celebrating a friend's wedding :-( The weekend hasn't seen it off yet, despite getting my diet right back on track.

I've had a pain in the coccyx for many months, maybe even a couple of years, initiated by a silly fall off my horse. The short story is, after a bit of googling, that it's Coccydynia. Apart from steroid injections or an operation, the gist is weight less (but don't go too bony!) and do a lot of walking (at least an hour a da) and swimming.

I have high cholesterol. Again, right diet and exercise is required to deal with it.

Various leg joints are not happy. So again, it's lose weight and tone up.

The overall gist, from all angles, is, of course - eat right (for me) and exercise! Unless, of course, I want to live in pain for the rest of my probably-cut-short life.

I'm in it now for the long haul. Even with all the drivers I won't find it easy (stupid brain and lack of self-control!), but time to put aside all the old excuses and crack on. It does matter if I have an off day - for me, there's too much riding on it. I'm about to open up my diary, which is a huge step for me; it's only been open to friends on here. Deep breath.

A new life awaits.


  • ladyzakis
    ladyzakis Posts: 14 Member
    Congratulations and go for it! We're with you all the way.

    I have a stupid brain too... :laugh:
  • best of luck, you can do it!
  • melaniesilver76
    melaniesilver76 Posts: 231 Member
    Best of luck!
  • MrsMizart
    MrsMizart Posts: 1,275 Member
    Thank you folks :-)

    Can't wait 'till this is all a bad dream, when I can look back and wonder why I let it all become so all consuming.
  • zoeysasha37
    zoeysasha37 Posts: 7,089 Member
    Good luck on your journey :-)
  • Cortneyrenee04
    Cortneyrenee04 Posts: 1,117 Member
    Those light bulb moments are life changing. It's so hard to learn self control... I have to tell myself that whatever ("bad" thing) I'm about to eat, I've had it a million times. I remember what it's like, no big deal. I don't need it. After you say no a few times, the cravings go away- at least for me.

    I hope you feel better soon!
  • MrsMizart
    MrsMizart Posts: 1,275 Member
    Thank you :-)

    I've started. Had a day, including lunch out, without any real urge to have what I shouldn't.

    Slightly marred by breaking a wrist (thank you bad mannered young horse!), but managed not to eat things that would have been bad (for me) whilst spending hours at hospital. Must thank all the wonderful staff. Love those ridiculously hard working NHS staff.
  • EmmaFitzwilliam
    EmmaFitzwilliam Posts: 482 Member

    The one thing that helped me most was understanding and accepting that I need to be mindful about my eating and my exercise for the rest of my life.

    Diets are geared to a mindset of "I can stop when I hit my goal".

    Maintenance is all about not falling into old traps.

    For me, while my calories allowed may change, the need for portion control and tracking will not. I'm lucky. My binges are triggered primarily by denial, so nothing is "off the table" for me. I manage my calories to sometimes allow two "servings" of ice cream. I had French toast for breakfast.

    Real food, processed as little as possible is your best friend. An 85 calorie apple is, for me, more filling and pleasurable in a different way, compared to a 50 calorie cookie

    And really - if we get to have fresh fruit for dessert, this can't be too bad.
  • MrsMizart
    MrsMizart Posts: 1,275 Member
    Excellent words, thank you :-)

    You're so right, this is a new way of being and this is it for life.