So, as I’ve mentioned before, I am trying to lose weight. This came on for a couple reasons. One of these reason is obvious, I’ve mentioned it before, I need to get down to 150lbs before my surgeon will reconnect me and I can do away with my ileostomy. The other reason is because I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). This is a chemical imbalance that cause a woman to fluctuate severely in weight. It also causes cysts on the ovaries (hence the name). Anyway, so I’ve had a hard time losing weight and keeping it off. Doesn’t mean it’s impossible, just difficult. And now with the dietary restrictions of the ileostomy, it’s even more difficult. But again, not impossible.
I have recently started up a buddy system, with my sister. On my breaks, at work, I send her a text to challenge her, or she’ll send me a challenge. Then we both do the challenge and send each other the results. She wants to train for more OCRs (Obstacle Course Races) and I want to lose weight, reverse my ileostomy, and join her one day in the OCRs. So, baby steps.
I’m not afraid to say, I started at 218. I used to be terrified of getting over 200 lbs. I’m only 5’1″ so it’s scary, to me, to be that over weight. I know all the health problems that come with being obese and I already have enough health problems. So anyway, I’ve gotten bigger than I’ve ever been okay with and now I have to work it off. Not just because of the surgery, but because I can’t stand being this weight.
I just want to take a moment and say, if you’re my size or bigger and happy with your weight, that so awesome!! Truly, I don’t want to take away from your happiness or make you feel like you HAVE to lose weight or something. This is purely about me and what makes me happy.
Anyway, so I haven’t changed my diet a whole lot. I’ve cut back to almost zero soda a week. We’re talking like maybe a glass or two per week. The rest of the time I drink water. For food, I’ve cut back to only once or twice a week for fast food. I already knew I couldn’t drastically change my diet or I’d never stick to it. But I’m doing well and I’m slowly losing weight. I went to a nutritionist a couple months ago and while she was trying to plan something around my PCOS I made sure she had the list of things I could and couldn’t have with my ileostomy. It was so hard not to laugh every time she’d go to suggest a vegetable, “Well, go ahead and increase your…oh wait, you can’t have that. hmmm.” After about an hour, we managed to settle on a few veggies. So now I’ve added more sweet peppers (skinned) and that’s really all. All the other veggies in our region either cause gas or are too fibrous and could cause a blockage. I don’t really care about smell since it’s just me, my mother, and my son, but they certainly appreciate that I’m not eating the stuff that causes extra smelly…..well, you know.
Anyway, so at this point, I have successfully dropped 18 pounds. I’m down to right around 200, give or take a pound or two. But I’m very happy about it. So, there it is. It’s a slow process, but it’s happening! And I’m feeling really good about it.