I've lost 30 pounds

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

64 days ago my hematologist told me to get after it... and well, I did.

Isn't it crazy how you can know something to be true and still not make the necessary changes? Your loved ones, your spouse, maybe even your kids can repeat something you know to be true and you still remain unmotivated to make changes? This was me. I had a follow-up with a hematologist after having a near-fatal experience, heterotopic pregnancy, and undiagnosed pulmonary embolisms. The last (nearly) two years felt like the longest road I'd ever been on and I was just optimistic that I might be approaching the end of it all. After a series of blood tests (including genetic testing and markers), I was given a clean bill of health. I can't even begin to describe what that felt like after the last 17 months I experienced. My bloodwork showed zero genetic contributions to my blood clots, no signs of current blood clots, and basically, the hematology team strongly believed my embolisms were a direct result of pregnancy. 

After my last appointment, the doctor looked at my chart, and then she looked at me and she said, "You haven't lost any weight. But, you probably should. You have four kids to stick around for. You've got to get healthy. You are young. Get after it." I'm not really sure why her words resonated with me so deeply... but they did and every day since that day I have felt a drive and desire to transform my heart, my mind, and body into the best versions of ME that I can. What has that looked like? Well, for starters, I looked at the healthiest way to lose weight without any fad diets. I knew the changes I would be making weren't for a short time but for the LONG HAUL. I knew whatever I did needed to be sustainable without depriving myself of any major nutrients or food groups. This is when I began to research calorie deficits. I'm embarrassed to say that this was never, EVER something I'd considered in my life. Eating less, yes. But eating in a specific caloric deficit that didn't deprive my body of nutrients? I gave myself a number of set calories to take in each day and I also decided that I WANTED to move my body more than just the day-to-day.

This resulted in using our family Y membership to take advantage of the indoor track (and the Y's gym at night when Justin is with the kids). I began by walking just a mile every morning with Tatum strapped to my back in the Lillebaby carrier and Liam walking beside me. Sadly, even just walking would cause my heart rate to increase to a much higher number than it should have. I made my way through that mile-a-day walk every day for about the first 3 weeks? Maybe less? When I realized that I could walk two miles during the morning just fine. and then on to 3. At this point, we'd become morning regulars at our Y and we'd wave and smile at the other track-goers. The Y has become a place where people expect us to be every day and finding that community has certainly healed/filled a void I had since we moved to New York. I can't even tell you how grateful my heart is for that community.

In the background, changing my diet was the REAL game changer. Moving is always a given but eliminating soda, most snacks (no nutritional value, lots of carbs, and high calorie), and increasing my water intake is what has transformed my body. Even without a daily workout or walk, taking in fewer calories than my body burns in a day is what has kept the weight loss consistent. I try to fill myself up with more nutrient-dense food (lots of leafy greens, fish, whole grains, etc) because you typically get a high volume with a lower calorie intake but I'm human and the occasional "not so healthy" meal or snack definitely keeps me grounded. 

I'm not sure what my long-term goal is (number-wise) but I do know that I want to continue to make healthy choices and take care of myself. I want to live a sustainable lifestyle and I want to continue to set these examples for my children. 

Here's to the next 60 days. I can't wait to see what progress I've made by then.

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