My Journey To a New Me

What does it take to change a life? I'm going to find out.

I’ve done them in years past, but I’m not going to do that this year. Instead, its more of a new year, continuing on with what I was doing late last year, me. Not as catchy, I will admit, but I feel its more accurate. I rejoined weight watchers, or WW as its been re-branded into, in October, last year. I initially joined as a workshop and digital member, but in December, the majority of the classes in my town were closed. So, because of that, I was able to cancel my subscription, and rejoined a day later, at the end of december as an online (or digital) member only.

The good thing about that is that I kept the same details so the record of my weight loss was there, I hadn’t weighed in for most of december as I’d been ill, and to be completely honest, very demotivated with weight watchers in general. So I weighed myself my first day as an online member, and I was very pleased to note that I had lost 4 and a half pounds in December. Which was a surprise, a welcome one.

In March, 2018 I weighed my heaviest I’ve ever weighed. I stepped on the scales and let out such a scream my mum came running up the stairs thinking I’d hurt myself. She caught me about to drop kick the scales in a fit of shock-based pique. Cooler heads prevailed and the scales survived to live another day. Since then, I have lost 2 stones, 1 and a half pounds or 29.5 pounds. That has been slow, but a lot of the time I wasn’t actively trying to do anything about my weight, so I am pleased with my progress.

On a health front, I had my gallbladder removed on the 20th of September last year. It took me about a month to completely recover, but I did and now things are mostly okay. I say mostly because its left me with a few issues. One being that my system now can’t tolerate any dairy whatsoever. When I was having issues with my gallbladder, dairy was a big trigger for my gallbladder flaring up and causing me pain. I stopped eating dairy entirely, and after my operation, I tried to reintroduce dairy back into my diet and it was a disaster. Major stomach upset, bloating, nausea, you name it, I had it. So now, I am completely dairy free and because of my blood pressure, I am now totally caffeine free and mostly salt free.

I am a joy when going out for a meal, let me tell you. No, in all seriousness, eating out isn’t a problem, most places are accommodating. Its just annoying, having to be extremely picky and I know, at times it annoys my mum, but I have to be careful otherwise within ten to twenty minutes I have, oh no, I have five seconds to find a toilet or else, kind of upset stomach. Imodium has become a good friend. Usually just taking one will stop most of it, if I’m out of the house.

So, the plan is, I’m going to keep on doing what I’ve been doing, eating better and exercising more and hopefully, slowly and surely my weight will keep coming down. The past couple of weeks, I’ve gained and lost the same quarter of a pound, which is fine by me, as I’m its my time of the month, and I’ve been bloated and uncomfortable so, we’ll see what the future brings.

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