I cannot believe where I am today from last May. At that time I was between 285-295, tired all the time, and with a three year old daughter who we waited so long for. We could not conceive and decided to adopt. If you or any of your friends have had to do this, you know what a road it is. My wife is an elementary school teacher. Every year there were half a dozen to a dozen showers. And of course all the kids around whom she loved and they loved her. But she always, we always wanted to be parents.
We got certified and decided on foster to adopt. Our first placement we fell in love with and he with us. Then he went back to relatives. We were devastated. You are finally a parent...then you are not.
But our second placement became our Forever Daughter. When she turns 15, I will be 60. I couldn't. I will not leave her.
That was when I was 46. It took me to almost 48 to just reach a breaking point. I had been an athlete growing up, even an all star. I got nearly to a huge goal of mine once and had it slip away which cascaded me down for a bit. I also went on a medicine at that time that ballooned my weight 80 lbs in a matter of 3 to 4 months. I never quite got back on track. I did pick myself up and create a life I love.
But my fitness and health never came back. Until now. With my motivation at an all time I was able to kick my addiction to grains, bread and pasta in particular, starchy vegetables, fast food and junk food. I haven't been in a fast food place since May. I am eating almost no wheat now. And my belly has come down more than I believed possible.
I am also a runner for the first time in my life. I used to be very dangerous over short distances, but running was beyond me. I just completed a 28 minute run this evening and I am doing my first 5K Feb 1. My energy, mood, and health are sky high.
Things have gotten easier as time has gone. My hunger is so much better controlled without as many carbs. I have found so many enjoyable, healthy options. Journey is worth it a thousand times over. I almost feel weight loss is a side effect of getting healthy; eating well and moving. Tomorrow my goal goes down sub-200. But going to enjoy being at 'goal' for one day.