Ann is a 44-year-old woman with nothing standing in her way of accomplishing her dreams except her flab. This blog will document her transformation from a super-sized spitfire, to a fabulous, fit, fencer and 5K finisher! As of 5/26/2010: I have been fencing for 5 months, finished ten 5ks, and also finished 2 super-sprint triathlons!!! 8/25/2010 update: eleven 5ks and 3 super-sprint triathlons.
In my posts, I mention that I take medicine every morning. I take levythyroxine, Vitamin D, and a Centrum Women’s Ultra multi-vitamin. I had a total thyroidectomy a few years ago (June 2008) which removed my entire thyroid gland as well as a 12cm goiter and other benign nodules. Yes, 12cm. It was the size of a grapefruit embedded in my neck and had pushed my trachea and esophagus out of place causing breathing and swallowing difficulties. I am totally fine now, and can breathe without wheezing or any other difficulty! The scar is fading nicely and naturally into my lowest neck crease just above my clavicle.
I’ve been on every diet you can imagine, and I’m done with shortcuts or “easy” plans. It all comes down to diet and exercise. By turning to clean eating (unprocessed foods), the ingredients in my meals have nothing added or hiding. A piece of tilapia and some asparagus is nothing but tilapia and asparagus.
The straw that broke the camel’s back…
Medi-fast. 2005. Started at 346lbs. I didn’t learn how to eat on this plan. I was basically on speed and shakes/fake food. This shredded my immune system and metabolism. Yes, I lost 70 pounds very quickly, then plateaued for awhile. When I added exercise, I developed plantar fasciitis in one foot and also got shingles. This was really the beginning of the end. I was so miserable with shingles. The pain and recovery from that, along with the constant pain from the plantar fasciitis and long recovery period, helped me regain all of the weight I had lost. This was not a cheap plan. I said that it would be the last diet for me, then I got sick.
This time, I’m changing my life.
I’ve hired a personal trainer and gotten a nutrition makeover. This is the most expensive option I’ve tried so far, but it seems to be the healthiest and the most sound. I’m putting all of my eggs in this basket, baby! I think it’s the winner. I do not want surgery, and that’s what I’m left with if this doesn’t work. I’ve got to be honest here. We’re paying so much for this personal attention, that I would be NUTS to cheat. Seriously. It would be an insult to my family if I didn’t stick with this, because it’s a huge sacrifice for them. They want me to be healthy and to have me around for a long time, living my dreams. My family and extremely supportive husband are the real reason behind this. My bonus reason is that I’m going to learn to fence! En garde!