Saturday, August 21, 2010

Just Do it!

When I was in my 30's, I would vision life after retirement.  I could see myself traveling to all those parts of the world I always wanted.  I saw myself fit and vibrant, no limits due to physical inabilities.  Every time I thought about being a 30 yr old obese couch potato, I would tell myself there was plenty of time for me to lose it.  I would lose the weight after my daughter married, I didn't.  Then it was after my grandchildren were born, I didn't.  Finally it was after retirement, while I am not exactly where I am want to be there, I'm very close. 

The problem?  I waited too long.  Years of unhealthy eating and a sedentary lifestyle has taken it's toll on my body.  While I may have avoided Diabetes (time will tell), I still have hypertension and really bad knees.  I realize I started this journey at a lower BMI than some, but my journey has been tough.  I also realize this is most likely my last chance to beat obesity.  I must make the band work for me.

My surgeon says it is very important that I build my muscles and make them as strong as possible before my knee surgery.  I am going to have to begin tracking my food and water intake again to assure I am getting enough protein.  While I don't intend or want to track, for the next couple of months, I must.  Strength training on my legs 3x weekly will also be a must.

Those of you who took that big step to be banded younger, I applaud you for making your future retirement years healthier!

The Go-Chica-Go Challenge - Walking 3.7 miles

4 comments:

  1. You should applaud yourself Dee! You are a perfect example of "its never too late to get in shape".

    What are you having done to your knees? A replacement? Good for you getting stronger before any surgery. Go-Chica-Go!

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  2. Give your self a huge pat on the back your doing a wonderful job and weather you got your surgery at a later time in your life at least you made the right decision. It's never to late to start being healthy.

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  3. Hey at least you've made the choice NOW and not never. Good for you.

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  4. But look at you now! I'm in the same boat having started at 209. The weight kept climbing 10 pounds every 5 years. My knees hurt a bit, but now like when I was 37 pounds heavier. We have to keep trying. It's all we can do. I've missed diabetes (for now) but my BP and cholesterol are still high. I always joke that I will be 94 and still dieting. Although, with the band I really don't diet. I'm looking forward to retirement but still have 7 or 8 years before my DH will let me retire :-)

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