One step at a time
It's the little things that add up to bigger things...
There's no denying I had been avoiding getting on the scales. When I did, it just confirmed what I suspected. That I had put on weight (just breathe, don't panic).
I was already carrying around 4kgs more than I wanted, which I have reluctantly grown accustomed to. Then after Christmas it was plus another 3. That's 7 unwanted kilos now sitting on my body.
Middle age, nerve pain killers, spine fusion, chronic back pain and poor diet have all contributed to this. However this weight has continued to multiply on my body, I am taking responsibility for it coming off.
Interestingly, I am already in the healthy BMI range. I am not overweight or obese. I am 47 years old, and have a 'body-age' calculation of 34. So I am relatively fit and healthy. However the BMI range is so broad, spanning 20 kilograms... that it's not exactly a great tool for measuring what weight fits best for you, or an accurate tool to measure how you feel about carrying around extra kilos.
So I have decided to shift 7 kilos over the coming 10 weeks. This requires a lot of walking and pilates (NO High Intensity Interval Training or crash diets/shakes), a scientifically created weight loss nutrition program, and using vitamins to supplement any deficiencies in my body.
I'm curious, interested and engaged in what is about to happen.
For the next three days I am eating only protein every 90 minutes and walking 15,000 steps a day. After that, I will introduce carbs, vegetables and fruit in specific portion sizes back into my diet.
I have a Dream Team of people (who have lost phenomenal and inspiring amounts of
weight on this program) surrounding me with their encouragement and support. One of my clients did it and I was truly amazed by her transformation over a period of 10 weeks. So here I am on the eve of turning my body from a fat storing house to a fueled up metabolic calorie furnace!
In preparation for the journey, today I ate a Belgium chocolate ice cream from Josaphan's in Leura and tonight it's spaghetti bolongaise. My Dream Team encouraged me to do this and I reluctantly have done it (well secretly I so enjoyed that chocolate icecream I almost wondered why I am doing this). It seems counter-intuitive to a weight loss program but I understand that with 3 days ahead of protein only it's probably a good idea. I can justify it as in the last week I have walked 98,063 steps.
Each step is a miracle. In March last year after my most recent spine fusion I was in intensive care. Once the catheter was removed on the first morning after surgery, I was asked to stand up and walk to the toilet - assisted by the physio. I made the 6 steps to the toilet... then passed out. Around 10 people came running and fussing. A code blue was issued as my heart rate dropped well below a safe level. After the chaos I started to quietly cry. The nurse, Jami gently stroked my face and told me they would keep me safe. I stayed another 24 hours in intensive care.
My reasons for keeping weight off are beyond the superficial (well yes I teach pilates and want to look good in my Lorna Jane's..) However, the main reason is to stay lighter to help me stay mobile and independent for the next 40 or so years. I now have 2 metal plates and 6 screws in my spine. Top and bottom.
I'm now taking a prescribed pain killer called Lyrica, which is also notorious for putting on weight. It's also the reason why I can do the amount of walking required on the program. Managing nerve pain has become a daily affair after my car accident in October. My car was written off, and the impact has set back my recovery. However we all face challenges, and I'm facing my head-on. I have a support team with my Doctor (amazing!), Surgeon, physio and remedial masseur. My goals are realistic. I aim to walk pain free and without medication.
The photo above was taken at my weigh-in which was 72.7 kilos. My goal is 66 kilos by 31 March 2018.