Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Getting Back Down To... Well... This



Goal Setting, I'm actually pretty good at it once I've firmly made up my Mind to quit all bullshit, ditch all excuses and get dead serious about anything.  Along with the new dietary Lifestyle Change I'm embarking on to control or eliminate the dreaded Diabetes situation, is the desire to be getting back down to... well... THIS!  The above pix, and others I'll be Sharing in this Post, are of me about a decade ago, when I was in my Fifties, and I'd gone on a dietary Program and lost 61 lbs., easily reaching my Goal Weight in about 10 Months.   I remember being so Proud to Share my Before/After Shots on the Program's Website.  Which was filled with other people on the Plan, encouraging one another.  Community Support like that was Awesome while embarking upon such an Epic Journey.




 Problem was, it wasn't a Lifestyle Change, it was one of those pre-packaged lose weight Programs and I'm convinced you'd have to stay on their expensive and not so tasty foods forever to keep it off using that Method?  I know their Maintenance Program didn't work at all for me and I gained it all back in about another Year... with a hysterectomy only adding to the steady decline of weight gain.   Yes, that's Princess T in her Adorable Chubby Toddler Phase, about the only time she ever wasn't rail thin herself!  *LOL*   As a Grandmother raising some of my Grandchildren I recall wanting to remain fit enough to survive long enough to get them raised and keep up with them.




The Man was already so Sick and frail that I remember thinking that if something happened to me before they got completely raised, alternative placement might be difficult.  At that time The Son wasn't really old enough to be inheriting an instant Family.  Now of coarse, he'd just finish the job for us of ensuring his Nephew and Niece got completely raised if God Forbid I couldn't do it or went on to the Afterlife prematurely.   There is motivation when you Need to be Well for someone else who is too vulnerable not to have you around.  So, it was frustrating to gain the weight back and then to be diagnosed a few years later with Diabetes and fight that battle along with the weight battle.




Most of the Diabetic Meds I have to take right now the Docs tell me cause weight gain, so it's rather a Catch 22.   They want you to lose excess weight to help stabilize the Diabetes and various other Health risks that obesity causes, but put you on Meds that contribute to excessive weight gain!   It seems sometimes to be a vicious cycle and so finding alternatives that can be a Lifestyle change that could be permanent is a constant search.  Now that I'm in my Sixties I have more of a sense of urgency than I even did in my Fifties to stay fitter.  To be healthier and last longer for The G-Kid Force and The Man, all of who rely upon me for their Care.   Being at that Goal Weight felt so much better, but I don't want to struggle so much to Maintain it this time around.




It's too hard a won battle to be obliterated and lost again because Maintenance doesn't work.  To have been fat, then at Goal weight and then fat again in a two year time span was tough.  So I've been seeking a Change in habits that would be more permanent and more affordable than some gimmick Program making money off clients dependency upon it.   I don't like being dependent upon all these Western Meds to attempt to control the Diabetes any more than I like being dependent upon some weight loss Program to control obesity.   I'm fully convinced there has to be a better way to control BOTH!   That Journey has been a rather complicated one as it turns out. 

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Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

7 comments:

  1. i need to lose myself, so I'm with you on that. You go girl!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. I know I can do this, it's maintaining it once reached that has been my more frustrating struggle... life gets so messy that concentrating on one important thing has too many distractions most of the time, so it takes conscious effort when your own metabolism and med regimen is working against you.

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  2. I know many people who have gone on those quick weight loss diets only to regain it all and more. People lose weight mainly for their looks and how they want people to view them when it really should be about health and living a more fulllife. I have been on many diets throughout my life and the only one that works is Weight Watchers because it is a lifestyle rather than a diet. Like you, Ineed to be healthy not only for myself and for others.

    Dawn, you are a beautiful person inside and out.

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    1. Awwww, thank you for the sweet words. Yes, I think many begin the journey for cosmetic reasons and it really does have to be deeper. Thankfully for me, at this season of life the vanity of it all is not as important as the healthy and well being it would contribute to. I ain't gonna lie tho', when I'd lost all that weight I felt higher self-esteem and could rock those outfits I'd previously not been able to squeeze my fat ass into! *LOL*

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  3. I ended up with a gastric sleeve. Whatever you do, do it now because extra skin is a pain.

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    1. Yes, the one positive I must say about that previous Journey I went on, it was slow and steady enough I had no spare sagging skin and exercised thruout the process to keep things firmed up. Of coarse at a certain season of life the elasticity of my skin ain't what it used to be anyway so you have to keep it all in perspective of what the old body is capable of appearing like without surgery. Hope your Journey of the sleeve got you to where your Goals were set. My Doc has suggested that but I'm going to try to lose again with diet and exercise since surgery isn't something a Caregiver should consider except as a last resort, I have no replacement to Care for The Man and G-Kid Force and I would expect a recovery to require some down time I cannot afford... it was mighty tempting tho' since I've known people who had excellent results with surgery/diet/exercise combined.

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  4. I know that many of us are right there with you I am also. It's really challenging. Health is the number one thing for me. I will feel do and be better if I get back into my fitness routine. My eating is pretty good but my fitness routine has slipped out of stress and other challenges. Normally Fitness has been a way for me to renew myself and keep mentally healthy somehow it shifted to lying on the couch looking at my phone and watching TV. Not the same thing, LOL.

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