Dec 02, 2012
I stumbled upon this site while looking for answers to my problem. Similar story to everyone else's.... surgery in 2007 and by the end of 2008 I was HUGE. I would hear from my friends that I 'finally' look healthy, but it was not healthy, it was just fat. Going from a size 00 to a size 12, and even 14/16 depending on where I shopped was not my idea of healthy. I am short 5'2" and carrying around the extra weight really affected my joints, my knees especially. I didn't want to do anything because none of my clothes fit and I especially didn't want to hang out at the beach with the newly formed rolls and dimples I've grown.
I used personal trainers, medical weight loss and starvation. Yes, I tried to eat less than 500 calories a day to drop my weight knowing how bad it was for my body. I realize that was probably some of the problems I had at my office. I wasn't able to keep up with the amount of work, I was constantly irratible, and finally left that position thinking it wasn't me it was everyone else. HA! It was me!
At first I elected not to use HRT then thought maybe that was what I needed to lose the weight. I wanted to do the natural thing so spent about $1000 with a holistic doctor who not only did the hormone testing but also suggested that I take about 5 different kinds of drops in a glass of water for allergies, headaches, and one even to help me sleep. The compounded medicine made the hot flashes worse and 6 months later I couldn't take it anymore. I went back to my "Western Medicine" doctor who gave me a hormone mist, followed by a estrogen cream, followed by an estrogen vaginal ring. The ring did wonders but in June 2012 I lost my health insurance coverage and have not been able to afford the Rx. I feel better today than I have in a long time but my entire life has changed.
I do no less than 30 minutes of cardio each day. I use weights to work out 3-4 times a day. I supplement one meal a day with a nutritional shake. I drink distilled water (Smart water if I'm on the go). I eat 5-6 small meals a day that consist of fresh vegetables and limit fruits to the morning, no fruits after lunch time, lean proteins and healthy carbs. Processed foods don't have a place in my life. It was very difficult to make that transition because of the ease of use processed foods give us. Do I miss them? Sometimes but not usually because when I do have them (eating at a restaurant) I feel horrible. I have also elimiated milk, but am able to eat cottage cheese and greek yogurt (I prefer Fage 0% and use it as a base for sauces and dips).
My workouts consist of home programs that give me a variety so I never get bored. I can workout on my time and don't have to worry about whether or not the gym is open or if I am missing a class. The company my programs are from has a strong support group online so when I feel I need more motivation I just log into Facebook and ask my Team for help, but I also have the ability to motivate others which is a great feeling.
I am still a body in transformation but know that it took time for the weight to get here and it was not what I was eating it was caused by internal things. It is a constant struggle and battle but I'm here and I'm doing something about it, one day at a time.