Let me jump right into this… It all started over ten years ago when I had a hysterectomy for fibroid tumors. My weight was on point, holding steady at around 129 lbs. I was happy at that weight. After my surgery and being out of commission for six weeks I picked up a few pounds. No biggy, I was still able to fit my clothes and felt pretty good, so I went on about my business. Three years ago I went for my yearly physical and stepped on the scale… That hunk-of-junk had a nerve to compute I weighed 151 lbs! Now, before y’all say “Girl, shut up! That’s not that bad!” Let me stop you right there. I’m only five feet tall! Lawd, have mercy! I was even more offended when the doctor had a nerve to put ‘abnormal weight gain’ as a diagnosis in my chart!
I got myself together and went hard at the gym and got down to 136 lbs. I was cruising along until I turned 5o in February. Let me tell you something… I can’t stand peri-menopause whoever the heck she is! Before you ask, “I thought you had a hysterectomy?” I did. Nowadays, doctors will leave your ovaries, cervix and fallopian tubes if they’re healthy. Therefore, my body was still producing female hormones, I just didn’t have a period. Unfortunately, some women as they began to go through “the change” – that’s what my momma and grandmomma called it – weight gain becomes an issue. So, that’s what I’m working with now. 🙁
With peri-menopause rearing her ugly head, the weight is creepy up again. Haven’t gotten back to 151, but I’m pretty doggone close! Thank God I walk an average of 4.5 miles a day! This is helping to keep the weight from getting out of control. As a health professional I knew I needed help. So, the last week of December I met with a nutritionist. Side note: Check with your health insurance because your plan may allow 6 visits a year at no cost to you as part of your benefits.
When I met with the nutritionist, God bless her, she told me I wasn’t “that” overweight. After going over my daily diet with her, she said my diet wasn’t so bad and that I needed to cut back on certain carbs and increase my protein intake. She encouraged me to track my food intake daily using Fitness Pal and developed a food plan for me. What I thought was so cool about Emily – tired of referring her as “she” – is that Emily had a bunch of food props in her office. Healthy stuff that you can buy from Target, Walmart or your local grocery store. Eating healthier doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
My goal is to get back to 129 lbs where I’ll be at my healthiest weight. With added on weight comes health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and so on. I know I’m going to have to put the work in with increased physical activity and following my meal plan. I’ll be checking in and out with my progress.
Until next time,