The Weight Battle

Today I met a dietician online through Duke Medical. I’m having a hard time getting weight off lately. I’m 53, going through menopause, had a couple of years of stress dealing with loved one’s health issues, one of my knees is bone on bone and I have arthritis. Then COVID. I know Covid is not the blame for everything but it sure does put a poopy coating on already hard times. I was a super skinny kid. That is hard to believe when you see me now. In fact, my metabolism was so high, I had to eat a ton of eggs for breakfast just to keep weight on. Ah, youth. I was always muscular so I never looked skinny but I was healthy all the way through college although I gained the freshmen 10 like everyone else. When I began teaching a more sedentary lifestyle set in. I walked around the classroom all the time but once I got home I would eat supper and grade papers for hours. So I did not get much exercise. Bit by bit the weight crept up. Then I broke up with my boyfriend of 6 years after planning to marry. I think that is when I started to stress eat a bit more. I yo-yo’d like so many women and then right before I got married I lost 25 lbs through a nutritionist’s eating plan. I kept that off until we tried for babies. I was pregnant 7 times total but it was worth it to get my two beautiful daughters. Little did I know what a number of pregnancies do to a woman’s body. The miscarriages confused my body, I was sad so I ate more, then I was exhausted taking care of the first one. I always lost a lot of weight when I breastfed but then it would creep back once again. When I hit an all time high I discovered Zumba and lost 35 lbs in 8 months. I felt so healthy. I gained the weight back little by little over a course of 4 years. Then my father was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Running back and forth from appointments, treatments, etc we ate out way too much. Sometimes I did not eat anything until 9pm and I would eat a huge meal then go to bed. Everybody knows that is a terrible way to eat. Then he passed away and I was grief eating so I became my heaviest in January. Knowing I should do something, I leaned out my eating and walked some more but it was just not coming off. Usually after 6 months I could see a difference but this time there was nothing. My doctor said that many women my age have difficulty so she told me to see a weight lost specialist and a dietician. Since my doctor is involved she has leveled out my anxiety, is medicating me for blood pressure and my depression has lifted so I feel more like a healthier version of me. So I’m not drinking alcohol, I’m eating lean protein and veggies and my dietician wants me to eat smaller “meals” more frequently. So I will give that a try. I hope to see some results in a month or two. I’m not trying to become a certain size or weight. I just want to be healthy. I may post some recipes on this blog if I come across something delicious that helps me to eat healthier. Simply put though, she says to always have a protein with your fruit, eat smaller amounts of healthy food, stay away from fried foods and do moderate exercise like walking every day. So easy, right? LOL We shall see.

Published by bridgey1967

53. Funny. Non complacent. Loving but not a sucker.

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