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