By Marianna Boyce
Weight is an issue that most every woman deals with at some point in life. As we age, it tends to find a way to hang on for dear life! It seems that the determination to maintain a healthy weight and consistent exercise routine is now a thought bubble somewhere in the back of my mind. That thought bubble is filled with excuses, but none better than “I just can’t because my entire body hurts!” Although this is a very good excuse in my book, I still need to try and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Before widespread joint pain aggressively reared its ugly head throughout my body, I was happy and healthy at 135 pounds. These unusual symptoms suddenly took complete control of my life within a time span of merely fourteen days. Diet and exercise was no longer a priority.
In the kitchen, I was unable to cut, chop, peel, slice and dice, so preparing healthy meals at home was placed on the back burner, (no pun intended). Fresh fruits and veggies were definitely off the menu. I couldn’t do anything that required fine motor skills and dexterity due to the incredible pain being experienced in most every bending bone in my body. In my unwanted new season of life, take-out was my “go to” because that was truly the best I could do!
Also prior to my unfortunate situation, I enjoyed a good workout several times a week but my exercise routine was also stopped dead in its tracks. My knees, feet and ankles were very swollen and in excruciating pain so I could barely walk, much less exercise!
In an instant, my life was yanked from peaceful tranquility, and tossed into a horrible abyss that I refer to as “my alternate universe.” I eventually saw an amazing rheumatologist here at LMC. He helped me regain a somewhat normal life. Praise the Lord for that! He is my hero!
With the upcoming holidays, the comfort foods we have all grown accustomed are filled with more calories than our bodies know what to do with on any given day! I also have two family reunions to attend before the end of the year! Lord have mercy! I cannot “weight” any longer. I have to do something about it now. I keep saying I’m going to but my “motivation meter” is not set on high like it used to be.
I need to lose 20 pounds. What about you? Whether we need to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, let’s not “weight” it out! Hopefully by the time we ring in the new year, we will already be on course. The hardest part is simply getting started! I’ll keep you posted on progress or slip ups along the way. Maybe sharing this with you will help me in my motivation department!
Visit my personal website, myalternateuniverseonline.wordpress.com to read about trying to reignite my exercise routine in 2016. This story took place before I knew what was wrong with me. It’s aptly titled, “It’s Time To Exercise the Demons!” (Its about the fifth blog post down on the website.) I would love for you to check it out. It’s actually quite comical. I will go ahead and share with you…it was a complete failure! Pray for better results this time! I am definitely going to need it!
Best of luck to you if you are planning to join me!