|I wanna be a loser...
||[Jul. 2nd, 2004|04:04 pm]
I'm 26, weigh a frightening 296, and want to lose roughly half that. About 8 years ago, I gained 50 lbs in less than 6 months, while walking four miles a day and eating right. I couldn't figure out what happened, and neither could my doctor. Last year, it was discovered that my body overreacts to insulin, possibly causing the weight gain.
Whatever was causing it, I was unable to lose any of the weight, despite my best efforts, which was pretty damn depressing. So, instead of being smart and maintaining my good habits, I let it all go to hell, and over the next couple of years added on about 100 lbs. The only time I was able to lose weight was when I was pregnant, and not supposed to. Then the pounds would just fall off, far faster than was really healthy. Then it would pile back on even faster than it had gone off.
However, since my last pregnancy ended three and a half weeks ago, two things have happened:
Thing the first: I've continued to lose weight, but at a much more healthy rate of 1.5-2 lbs a week. This is in itself highly motivating.
Thing the second: I've become lactose intolerant. I'm not sure why, but as of a few hours after I gave birth, I absolutely cannot tolerate any dairy products. I get very very ill.
Maybe they're connected, maybe not.
So, on July 8th, my husband and I are starting the South Beach Diet. I'm going to start walking, and eventually move up to a low impact cardio/aerobic workout, and strength training. I don't want to become obsessed, counting calories, points or whatever. If that works for other people, great, but in college, before the weird wieght gain, I was struggling with disordered eating problems, and I was really obsessed with all the numbers.
This time, I want to just be healthy. I want to know what the 'good' foods are, and what the 'bad' foods are, and just eat those, without worrying about exactly how much I'm eating. That's why I decided on the South Beach Diet, that and it's supposed to be really good at helping to manage insulin levels, and if I do have a problem in that area, seems like it'd be a good eating plan. And, my husband has a cholesterol problem, and this plan was developed specifically to fight that, so it seemed a good choice for both of us.