My eating habits are really bad. I ate fried foods galore (anything deep fried tasted soooo good!) That was unhealthy eating but my worst eating habit is my sweet tooth. My idea of having a wonderful dessert was a BOWLFUL of vanilla ice cream, smothered with Hershey’s Chocolate syrup, whipped cream and walnuts all over.
EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!
As each decade passed, I started noticing that I could not eat all these goodies that I used to. Especially when I hit the 50 yr. mark! My metabolism SLOWED…..down. My blood sugar rocketed and cholesterol crept upwards. Other ailments came about …but still, I thought I could get away with it.
I NEED TO DO SOMETHING!
I turned 55 this past September and I “knew” I needed to do something. My doctor put me on Type 2 Diabetes medicine and Cholesterol medicine. I had 2 lumbar steroid epidural shots for pain in October and November. All those epidural shots did was spike my sugar higher (368!), I couldn’t sleep for 2 nights and it only relieved pain for about a week.
WHERE DO I START?
Before Real Estate I used to work for a Family Law Attorney and then for a Structured Living Program. I knew that the only ones that can be helped are those that want to help themselves. With a good support system and the will to make a 180 degree turn, anything is possible.
I am choosing to work through my ‘unhealthy’ food addiction and with the help of my husband and others in a group who are doing the same thing (i.e. Get Healthy in the Rain Group) I know I will be able to do so. My husband is also ready to NOT bring unhealthy foods into our home. (FYI, we accomplished 6 years of no smoking this past January 13th and now we are on a mission to eat healthier)
I would like to be supported by:
1) Encouragement from the group and reading others stories about their success in what they are doing to get healthier. More importantly, support others in their quest for a healthier life too!
2) My physical therapist has been teaching me exercises that I am able to tolerate (past operations, arthritis, bone spurs, bursitis, degenerative disk disease limit me) and I will continue for another 10 weeks.(I just completed the bottom half-waist down portion and will now go to the upper half)
3) More alternatives for a fat free, sugar free recipes. I am open minded and try anything. Remember, I’m in Hawaii and already have an availability of many ethnic foods but I need to keep the fat, sugar content down.
4) Lose up to 25 pounds, bring my sugar and cholesterol level down to normal levels so I can stop taking the medications and tone up so I have less pain.
I have started (with the help of my husband, doctor and physical therapist) my healthier diet and exercises about 8 weeks ago (before Christmas) and this was already hard. The holidays are when I used to really ‘go for it’ with the unhealthy fatty, sugary foods. I will update everyone in a month and let you all know how much success I have with these goals.
In the meantime, I will check back and see if anyone has something similar in mind and if anyone posts any recipes or other helpful hints that could be helpful and also post about my ‘stepping stones’ to help others who may be in the same situation I am .
MAHALO!!!! (thank you!)
p.s. My 16 month old grandson and my daughter arrived on January 25th and by eating healthier and physical therapy I am able to last longer standing and walking.