During my adult lifetime, I have been everything from a size 6 to a size 22. After years of up and down and not liking crowded closets, I have settled on having rubbermaids labeled 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and I used to have 18, but I got rid of it last year. For ever!!!
While I have not gotten back to my weight lifting and aerobic exercise routine I had before my heart problems came up, I am serious about how I eat. After open heart surgery, I found out I was one of the 26.9 % of people who develop Type II diabetes. During 2009, I laid off of sweets, to a large degree, and went even lower on salt than I already was. I cut out red meat, for the most part. My doctor told me that it will not kill me to eat a piece of cake for my birthday and I have occasionally done so. Did I mention that I have three official birthdays a year?
Then, I found out that my heart surgery had failed and I had 70% blockage in a vein at the entry point to my heart. I am no longer a candidate for further open heart surgery, so I decided to go vegan.
First, let me say, in no way has this been an easy battle. The first two months of a plant based diet seemed to be the magical formula. I lost two pounds a week, but was continually hungry and never satisfied. It’s the same plant based, no oil diet that President Clinton went on after his heart problem. Only thing is, I do not have a chef to make the food taste good and the creator of the diet has the wierdest taste buds on earth. He puts sweet potatoes or sweet squash in everything, along with about 26 more ingrediants) and frankly only sweet and sour chicken is a sweet/sour mix I like.
I am now eating Vegetarian and hoping to work my way back to Vegan. With the help of three cholesterol busters (medications) and my no meat diet (and there is the very, very occasional hamburger out) I have reduced my clogging from 70% to 50%. You can do that.
Now, if I can just get my body back on the treadmill and weight bench, I can maybe get some of those rubbermaids emptied out to Good Will.