Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Making My Way Back

This is tough to write. Fear of judgement, fear of admitting defeat, admitting that I've failed.

After multiple injuries from work and never recovering full from the initial fall that I wrote about, I lost my way, fell back into old patterns and gained weight. Maintenance is hard when you can't walk and workout to the level that you are used to. I'm not trying to make excuses, I got lazy about portion control, got depressed, turned to food for comfort, and the vicious cycle started all over again. I stopped blogging because it just made me feel bad about myself. This was a mistake, because it had always been my biggest helper, blogging it out. Fear of being judged has kept me away. But I'm human just like everyone else and shit happens. And a lot of shit has happened.

Now, my mobility is seriously compromised and I'm in almost constant pain. I'm under the care of two orthopedic specialists and will be having an MRI soon on my spine and both knees. 

I've struggled with trying to get back into healthy eating patterns but now it's become do or die. The doctors did NOT shame me or say that I needed to lose weight to get better, because I mentioned up front that I needed to be treated as any other patient. I asked, and the knee doctor said that reducing weight can help take the pressure of the knees and that it's worth a try. But after many stops and starts, I realized that I was going to have trouble doing it on my own. I researched my options and decided to join Weight Watchers. It was the one program that I had never tried, and I looked into the Smartpoints program, which is definitely suited to do within the framework of a real food template. Not like Weight Watchers of old that seemed to promote the use of fat free and artificial sweetener laden garbage. 

The revised Beyond the Scale program seemed like a good fit for me because I'm doing this for my mobility. I didn't want to get caught up in the obsession about the numbers on the scale, and while weighing in is part of the program, it seems that it is only a part of it. I'm in the beginning of my third week and LOVE the meetings. I didn't think I would, but the support has been so valuable. I've been a bit of shut in these past few months because of the pain, basically just going to medical appointments, and the supermarket when I felt up to it. The meetings have been a life line!

So, here I am, making my way back. I'm not going to turn this into a Weight Watchers blog with that being the only focus, but it will get mentioned. I'm going to start blogging as a tool for motivation and accountability. I'll post about my progress from a medical standpoint. And of course, any good recipes I find, I'll definitely share. Food is still one of my favorite things.

That's all for now. Happy Spring!

9 comments:

  1. I am glad to see you back. Your honesty as well as your love for good food and treating your body well as always inspired me.

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    1. Thank you, Kaki! Your support and friendship means a lot.

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  2. Hi Andra,
    No judgement (been there and got the darn tee-shirt, so how could I?).
    No defeat either.
    Failed? Hell no - that isn't what I'm reading.
    What I see is a blip, with understandable causes, and the sheer determination not to let those causes get the upper hand. I'd say go for it girl!
    Cheering you on from the UK,
    Deniz

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    1. Thank you, Deniz. The struggle is real!

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  3. Welcome back! It's hard for me to exercise too due to bad knees and yes, I'm also lazy. But I was recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic so I've started watching what I eat as well as working on my portion control. You are definitely NOT alone! And good for you for finding a program you're comfortable with! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Alexia! Good luck in your journey.

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  4. No judgement ever from me. Injury is no joke with weight loss. I hope the orthos get you all straightened out. welcome back!

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    1. Thanks Lori. I know you understand. 😊

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  5. I'm so glad you're back. I've missed your blog. Years ago when I started my way to a healthier life, your blog helped me get there. Then life happened, as well as 2 babies and breastfeeding for 2 years, and I am left with a body I don't recognize anymore. July my daughter will be a year old, and we will wean, and it will be time for me to find myself again... glad we can do it together again, even if we've never met!

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