It’s hard to lose weight. When your a type 1 diabetic, it’s even harder.
Let me share my story with you…
I spent the last few years finally figuring out how to go from “overweight” to “ok weight”. And it wasn’t too bad once I knew what to do and stuck with it.
Now I feel like my last 20 pounds are just impossible to lose. This is because in many cases, those pounds have been there a while. I’ve carried around my extra 20 since age 15. That means those 20 pounds have been with me for over 12 years! My body doesn’t consider the need to shed them easily because it thinks those 20 aren’t even extra pounds anymore.
I’m tired of the excuses though and I’m tired of being THISCLOSE to the weight I want to be at. Am I healthy with these extra 20 pounds? Sure, but I could be healthier! I’ve got 20 pounds I can stand to lose and I think I owe it to myself to do it. Many may criticize this because I’m not really overweight. I mean, I could lose 10 pounds and stop. Yet, I remember a time when I was really athletic, slim, strong, flexible, and it was heaven. I enjoyed not worrying about how clothes would fit and I enjoyed feeling light on my feet. Plus, now that I’ve got loads of loose skin left over from my twin pregnancy, I feel like that is all I can handle. The extra fat has got to go.
You know…when I lost my last 20 pounds I immediately felt less self-conscious, my feet hurt less, I could wear high heels, it was easier to exercise, easier and cheaper to shop for clothes, and my knees felt so much better!
So I imagine getting off the last 20 should feel awesome, too.
Another plus I’m looking forward to is I’ve noticed that after losing weight my body requires less insulin. It’s easier to manage blood sugars when the need for insulin isn’t so high. I remember being 165 pounds and needing to give 4 units of insulin for a piece of bread. Now at 130 pounds I give 1 unit of insulin for that same piece of bread. It makes my life less complicated, makes the math easier, and it saves me money on insulin. So I feel that getting these last pounds off is going to streamline my health a bit more.
Of course, my priority will always be controlling blood sugars and healthy eating. I won’t do this by starving myself (the weight will just rebound afterwards) and I won’t do it by training for a marathon (I don’t have the time nor the willpower). I plan on doing this by cutting out the extras I currently allow myself and exercising moderately. Instead, I’ll treat myself to treats you can’t eat. I’ll have to figure out what these treats will be because I’ll be the first to admit: This isn’t going to be easy.
I realize 130 pounds doesn’t seem like much. See, I’m 5’3 and small boned. I have a friend who is my height and weight but she looks much thinner than me. We were both confused about how we weighed the same and then we compared wrists. Her bones are just much larger. So she is heavier. (This is my disclaimer of sorts, because I don’t want to give the impression I want to be unreasonably thin-which is unhealthy unless it’s one’s natural body type.)
I want my beloved skeptics out there to know a few things as well…A) I quit my job last year when my twins were born and so my husband and I are short on extra money (we’ve spent over $400 each month on baby food alone!). End result? I think twice before buying a pack of gum or a bottle of water. So I’m not going to be able to just distract myself with a pedicure or reward myself with some shopping sprees. B) I don’t have the liberty to get out of the house much right now because I have two one year olds’. They are a complete joy but the situation I’m in drains my motivation because I can stay at home all day in my pajamas if I so please. This also means I have to tell myself, “Yes, it’s just you and the babies but, brush your teeth and fix your hair!” and C) I often feel like you and every other person out there with diabetes. Diabetes is awful to live with and because of it we can’t lose weight as easily as someone without it. Gosh darn it.
I want to prove to myself and everyone else that I can overcome all of the above and lose my last 20 in a short but adequate amount of time.
I’m proposing a challenge for myself. I’m going to lose 20 pounds by this Christmas Day 2010.
This gives me about 19 weeks to achieve my goal which is perfect because they say one shouldn’t lose more than 1.5 pounds per week. You know what else? If I get halfway to the goal I’ll be ecstatic!
If any of you out there need or want to lose some weight I invite you to join me! We can communicate via email, comments, skype, whatever you want. We can support our special diabetes circumstances and share tips about what is and what isn’t working for us.
Please don’t feel that if you aren’t a stay at home mother you can’t relate to me. Before this past year I worked 10 straight years, traveled, played sports, and when out dancing. In other words, I know about all of the struggles and realities of balancing those things and diabetes.
Not sure you want to jump in on the fun? If by Christmas Day you have lost even 5 pounds, think about how amazing it is that you lost weight during the time most people gain weight!
If you want to join me on this journey email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and in the title state “Lose 20 by Christmas”. In the body of the email write your first and last name, email, and mailing address (none of this info will be shared with anyone, I promise). I will put your name into a running to receive a special Christmas present from yours truly. (And you don’t have to have lost any weight) I want to do this because you, my readers, are a huge support and motivation. I thank you so much!
So, staring you in the face is the chance to win a free gift and a chance to get motivated to lose a little weight by Christmas.
Are you in?