(in other words: I practice what I preach)
I was a typical active child and never paid much attention to what I ate. This carried over into adulthood and before I knew it, I was overweight. Then came the stress-eating-of-medical-school-and-residency weight gain, I-ate-like-my-husband marriage weight gain, I-show-love-through-food weight gain, I-had-two-children-in-three-years weight gain, and (let’s be honest) the I-really-like-cake weight gain – At 5 feet tall and 190 pounds, diabetic, depressed, and arthritic – I was no longer just overweight, but morbidly obese. Then to add insult to injury, I developed congestive heart failure – I was 36 years-old with a newborn, a toddler, and at a new job that I could no longer keep. I knew if I wanted to live to see my children graduate from pre-school let alone college, if I ever wanted to practice Medicine again, I had to do something and I had to do it quickly.
But how does someone who loves food, uses food as her love language, and is medically prohibited from exercise, lose weight? By finding where small changes in my life and lifestyle (for some this includes medication), would have the greatest impact. Now at 54 years old, still 50+ pounds down, on no insulin, with no joint pain, able to move, breath, and enjoy my life and my family, I have decided to share with you what I’ve done for myself and 20 years of patients. Was it easy? Not always. Was it hard? Not really. Can I help you? If you’ll let me.
For the record, I never stopped eating cake…