Life in the (FINALLY) Losing Weight Lane

I lost 25 pounds without even trying to

Are you interested in how I lost 25 pounds in 2012 without even dieting or actively trying to lose weight? Read the article below for some tips and tricks that might help you lose weight too.
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Regular readers of my blog know that I’ve fought my weight for most of my life. I was born skinny, but that didn’t last long LOL. And my high point weightwise was in February of this year when I topped out at 310 pounds. I got motivated for a short period of time and went down to around 295, but then backslid and went back up to 304 pounds.

In June of 2012, I developed some kidney problems due to drinking only diet Coke (60 ounces a day every day) and the occasional green tea (from Starbucks, natch!). Another part of my kidney problems is that I was taking a fairly high dose of Lasix every single day (3 10 mg tablets each day). My doctor got bent out of shape about my diet Coke intake (I’d never told him that diet Coke was the ONLY thing I drank, and then he went and ratted me out to my coagulation nurse as well) so I cut back –way back– from 5 cans a day to at most 3 cans a day (often only one can a day) and replaced the fluid with water (lots of water, usually 1 to 3 liters a day). My doctor also took me off the Lasix completely, and told me to wear compression stockings. Yuck, gross, nasty, old lady compression stockings! LOL!!

I won’t say the process was fun. My feet looked like footballs most of the time and I retained so much water that even my breasts hurt. I had to miss a doctor’s appointment because I could not get on my shoes on; yes, my feet were that swollen. Things got better as I went along though, and I started getting a bit more exercise as well.

One day in mid-July I got out of the shower and noticed that my face looked much smaller (my bathroom has a bank of mirrors right across from the shower stall, you can’t avoid seeing yourself). I’m like, hmmmm, I think I’ve lost weight. Of course, I’d broken the scale (accidentally, but I didn’t rush right out to replace it LOL) so I had no clue what I weighed. I had an appointment with Bend Memorial Clinic to figure out what was going on with my kidneys, and of course they had to weigh me. They asked what I weighed before they weighed me, and I said 304. Then they weighed me and they said “not on our scales, you don’t.” I weighed 295 on their scales. Since then, I’ve worked at losing weight and have lost 25 pounds in 2012 (19 pounds since the end of June).

I’ve been trying to walk at least 1/2 a mile every day (except Sundays) and I’ve now bought a bike http://www.walmart.com/ip/Schwinn-Clairmont-26-Ladies-Cruiser-Bike/15711184 once the tires get some air in them, I plan to ride at least a mile a day and probably more.

I’ve now completely given up diet Coke (the last one I drank was about 2 weeks ago) and drink water, green tea, and the occasional Mountain Dew (not diet).

My A1C (diabetic 6-month test) was 5.5, down from 6.1 in January. All other labs are also in normal ranges, so I am a happy camper!

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