Life in the A-Frame

Life in the A-Frame

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Incentive for my lifestyle change

The results of this blood test, taken in March, are the reason that I made some changes to my lifestyle. The doctor suggested I go on a medical "partial fast". That would consist of 4 prescription shakes a day plus one meal-a Lean Cuisine. I would lose 50 pounds in a few months and then maintain that weight with 1200 calories a day for the rest of my life.  He guaranteed that my bloodwork would return to normal and I wouldn't become a diabetic. I left the doctor's office feeling very hopeless. Live on prescription shakes for 3 or 4 months and then suddenly deal with real food and stick to 1200 calories? Sound good to you? After a few hours, I realized that I could do this on my own in a much better, healthier way. I couldn't wrap my head around his medical advice so...I didn't follow it! I happen to think he gave me unsound advice. I am not a doctor, and I am not a nutritionist but I think my plan has worked very well, and I have been very healthy and have more energy than I ever have. I can't imagine following the partial fast and putting all those artificial things into my body. I want to live in the real world, with real food, and be able to eat a healthier way for the rest of my life. So many people have asked me to explain what I was doing and how I was eating. I thought I would spell it all out here for anyone who wants to read the whole story. I told the doctor to give me 6 weeks and then we would see if I had even made a step in the right direction.

After 6 weeks, I returned for a second blood test. My goal was to have lost 10 pounds. (I prayed for 15 though). I started following a diet based on the glycemic index. I chose foods that were low on the index so that my blood sugar would remain level and spike. I was going to fight my insulin resistance by eating this way and exercising to lose my belly fat. I chose to exercise 45 minutes twice a day. I also counted calories at first and stuck to 1200. The doctor told me that amount would maintain 140 pounds so I thought I would get used to eating that amount of calories. I got these results back:

This is super good news! Not only had a lot of these numbers returned to normal, but I had also lost 24 pounds. I received a note from the doctor saying to continue this program and return in 6 months.

Over the next few months, I continued to exercise. I'm entering into my 4th month now and I've started running twice a week. Yesterday I ran 1.3 miles without stopping. I then walked another 2 1/2 miles and finished with a .3 mile run. I wanted to say that I ran a mile and a half.
I exercise twice a day still, and follow the glycemic index, but I no longer count calories., I will outline how I eat in detail soon. I just wanted to tell how and why I got started.

Here I am after my walk/run yesterday morning. I have now lost 40 pounds. I'm still losing very quickly but know that it will even out soon and I will start maintaining my weight. Let me tell you this, it takes a lot more than 1200 calories for me now.


Pam (Rose) Beeler said...

Look at you, skinny lady. Of course, you are beautiful inside and out regardless of your weight, blood sugar levels, or caloric intake ... but, I also understand about wanting to be healthy, fit, and eat real foods.

As someone who often think that doctors do not always give the soundest medical advice, I am so proud of your decision and the goals you have accomplished so far.

Keep it up, Aunt Kerrie ... you totally ROCK!!!!!!!!!!

Mom24 said...

Congratulations! I have a lot of the same issues and you are very inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

KathyB. said...

Oh my, I did not recognize you from other pictures. You look fantastic, and I think you'll prove to the doctor you really do mean what you say and will do what you mean to.What an encouraging post, congratulations!