If I had a penny for the countless stop/starts and weight-loss attempts I have tried, I’d be a gazillionaire sipping cocktails on my own island.
The last straw came about in June 2014. I ended up in hospital with a hectic blocked bowel. My father said I didn’t need a doctor to tell me that I was full of kak! The double whammy was the nurse telling me that I would be dead before I reached 39 if I didn’t get my blood pressure under control. To be fair, my BP was always normal.. I think the fact that I was in the hospital in the middle of the night contributed to it sky-rocketing.
Anyhoo, that was my wake-up call. I had long suspected that I had some food intolerances, as meals were always followed by heartburn, bloating and generally feeling crappy. Plus, I had started gymming and thought I was eating healthy (oats for breakfast, etc). Yet I wasn’t losing weight, in fact I had gained 1.5kg. Despondent was not the word.Off I went for some food tests and discovered that I was wheat/gluten and dairy intolerant, as well as a bunch of random foods such as mushrooms, bananas, eggplant. I stopped listening when he said pork.. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life! I also discovered that I had an underactive thyroid, some serious vitamin deficiencies and my doc spoke about leaky gut syndrome. I immediately cleared out my cupboards and sommer lost 3kgs in 3 weeks – I was over the moon. My dad had been doing LCHF for a bit and I did some research into it. It was pretty similar to what I was eating (sans the dairy part) so I started following that in August 2014.
This is still a learning curve for me. I follow the 80/20 rule in trying to be good 80% of the time. I am not a machine and chips are my kryptonite and I’m ok with that. I don’t have a packet of Niknaks every day, or Steers once a week anymore. I make healthy choices when I am at home and cook my own food (no more Woolies ready-made meals) and enjoy myself when I am out socialising (but not overdoing it). There is lots of information out there on how to do LCHF, and I’m still figuring it all out and what works for me.
I train twice weekly for an hour with Eric Munch at Evo Fitness. Been doing that since May 2014. And I joined Run/Walk for Life in September 2014 and try to run 3 times a week. I have also completed 2 x 10kms races since and have signed up for a few more.
I joined the FB page when I started training with Eric. People’s transformation stories keep me going and inspired and make me believe that I will get there one day too. Even if it takes a little longer. I recognise some of the regulars when I’m out at a race, but being a ‘lurker’ I wasn’t about to go up to them and say ‘Hey, I recognise you from SG’. No one needs a stalker! I never had the courage to do Reboot in the past but it is something I am looking at. One day I will take that step.
I like comparing pics of myself, taking pics of my food and I have a chalkboard in my kitchen documenting my weightloss story in kgs and weeks. At my worst, years ago, I weighed about 97kgs. When I started training in May 2014, I was on 91.5 and I have lost about 10kgs so far.
I’m only half-way through my journey. I have another 13kgs to go. I would like to run a 21km in the next year. And I’m not (really) that worried about how long it takes. The weight loss is lot slower than I had hoped and I’ve had to learn to deal with that and realise that we’re not all the same. It’s all gonna be ok!
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