Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Weight Loss Journey...

O.K. I'm actually going to let it all out on my blog. Everyone likes a continuing story ,I didn't have one, but I do now. It's a risk doing this, but I know it is the motivation that will be so crucial for me to succeed. 
The picture above is me in the center with my four daughters taken Christmas Eve 2009 in my front yard. It's the most recent full length picture I have of myself. If you are like me I run from the camera.
I weigh about 230 in this picture and I'm 5'7.5". 
I have Type 2 Diabetes
High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol
I am on 3 different medications everyday control these diseases.
I have chronic tendentious in my right ankle and can hardly walk when it flares up which has lately been more than less of the time.
It is very painful and very discouraging.
I know I'm in horrible condition I can't really exercise because of the pain.
I also know that all 4 of my health conditions are related to my weight!!!
On May 19th I went back east to see my new granddaughter and was there taking care of Mom and baby for 10 days. I worked my bottom off. I cooked, cleaned and canned dozens of jars of cherry and strawberry jam from the fruit in there enormous garden. 
While I was there my DH who is always trying to get his weight under control found Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live. He read it and by the time I got home he had cleaned out our whole kitchen pantry and fridge organizing this plant based diet. 
When he came to pick me up at the airport I was blown away, by how much smaller he already looked. I hadn't seen him in 10 days and that's not really a long time, but he was smaller, 8 lbs smaller especially in his stomach.
He couldn't wait to tell me all about this new way of eating and living. I will admit that it went in one ear and out the other on my way home from the airport. When I got home he fixed me one of the snacks and I was sort of impressed but I wasn't committing to any of this. I am so stubborn. This actually caused contention for a few days. 
Finally on Friday 2 days later I weighed myself and was surprised to see that I weighed 232.8. It was better than the 235 that I started out with at the beginning of the year.
For Friday I kind of haphazardly did the plan. I went out with my daughter Friday night and was ranting and raving about this stupid eating plan and I wasn't going to read the book.
Saturday morning June 2, I reluctantly weigh myself , only because my DH was insisting and was shocked to see that I weighed 230.8. I lost 2lbs in one day by sort of sticking to the plan and my early morning blood sugar was substantially lower.
That was all it took. From last Saturday until today I have stuck to this eating plan and read most of the book and this morning June 5, I weigh 226.6. I have lost 7lbs since last Friday and my blood sugar is almost normal which it hasn't been in 2 years. My ankle pain is complete gone and I think that is the best part. I can walk around all over the place with no problems. I can climb stairs with no pain. The water retention is gone in my hands and feet. My shoes are actually a little big now. I feel fantastic!
This eating plan is a miracle. We recently had a friend that went in for a gastric bypass and before his surgery was approved his Dr. begged him to read this book and follow the plan. He didn't he wanted the quick fix and I don't blame him at all. It was because of this that my DH got this book. 
I didn't really believe it, but it's true he says that you will be off all medication in first couple of months and I believe it. I have seen what this has done for my blood sugar and hypertension.
I just don't want to be 58 years old this year and another U.S.A statistic of overweight invalids. I just can't I want retire healthy and spunky.
It is for this reason that I am going to post regularly about my weight loss and the positive effects.
I encourage any of you that are in my situation with Diabetes, Hypetension, High Cholesterol and pains to purchase this book and study it.
The recipes are interesting. You will eat better than you ever have and not to be gross but your bowel movements will be much better and effective.
This all after 5 days for me. I look so forward to keeping up with this blog on my weight loss and improved health.
It is an aggressive but very healthy plan.
You are not hungry. The food works for you.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.


  1. You can do it! I have RA and with all my meds and lots of steroids my weight had puffed up to 180. I had never weighed that much before. I lost 50 lbs. over the last two years. I got off my high blood pressure meds, my high cholesterol meds and my RA is much better. I'm here anytime you need support.

  2. I am surprised each day with how much better I feel than the day before by just eating healthy. I have no medical conditions so to speak of but I do feel the strain from raising my three children. Changing things as simple as eating fresh foods instead of frozen or processed has given me substantially more energy, less aches and helped to regulate my poor sleeping. As long as it's working for you, keep it up! Congratulations on the fantastic progress! Keep believing in yourself and it all will one day be reality!

  3. Oh, Susie, I am so happy for you. I haven't heard of this book before. I guess I should look into it. ( Do I sound reluctant?) I know I need to try to do a better job of a better diet, too. I have several of the same problems as you, but I am not diabetic. I sure would like to feel better, have lots of energy, lose weight, and have a healthy cardiovascular system. So why is it that we want to be so stubborn about change? You are encouraging. I pray you more success! You sound like the kind of person that can achieve this! I will be checking in on you to see how it is coming along. Go girl!!