Weight Gained, Weight Lost
Weight Gained: 20 lbs.
In the fall of 2015, I went for an 8K run, and I felt some pain in the back of my leg. I ignored it, thinking I had just strained my muscle, and I continued my run. The next day, the pain was still there, and I panicked, thinking my sciatica from a few years earlier had returned.
I went back to physio therapy, without seeing a doctor (too busy), I stopped running, and I resumed my core strengthening exercises.
By February, I was still in pain, and with some prompting from my physio therapist, I finally decided to go see my doctor. As it turned out, my sciatica had not returned; instead, I pulled my hamstring. I was prescribed a topical pain medication, and my physio therapist added exercises to strengthen my hamstring, as well as acupuncture and Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS).
It took me a few weeks to fill my prescription; and when I applied it, I broke out in hives. I went back to my doctor, and I was prescribed Amcinonide, a topical corticosteroid.
At the time, I was unaware I was allergic to class A and B topical corticosteroids. All skin exposed to the cream (my hands and both my thighs due to sleeping in shorts) broke into a rash that within a few days blistered and spread all the way down my inner legs.
I was in Las Vegas at the time, and I went to a clinic where I was prescribed Prednisone. For four weeks, I was on a high dosage, and I wore the same yoga pants every day as my skin scabbed, flaked off, and healed.
It took another two weeks to wean off Prednisone, a horrible but effective drug.
Through all the inactivity and medication, I ended up 20 lbs. overweight.
Weight Lost: 40 lbs.
I was able to start running again, but just for ten minutes at a time, and I was given a strict schedule to follow, so I would not reinjure myself. The only way I could lose weight was by changing my eating habits which included daily sugary chai tea lattes, Coca-Cola, alcohol, and sweets, as well as eating too much at supper and snacking in the evenings.
So, I came up with a plan.
The first thing I did was buy some pretty clothes. I know it seems counterintuitive while trying to lose weight, but I wanted to feel good about myself just the way I was.
Then I waited until summer, and I came up with a list of gradual changes for my eating habits, along with a game I created with myself: I would weigh myself once a week, and if I did not lose at least one pound, I would make one change.
Here is my list:
- Give up hard alcohol
- Substitute sugary Chai Tea Lattes with London Fog sweetened with just a small amount of honey
- Substitute Coca-Cola with non-caffeinated pop
- Give up all carbonated drinks
- Stop eating sugary foods
- Only take one plateful at supper, and eat slowly
- Stop snacking in the evenings
- Give up red wine
In the meantime, I ate a lot of vegetables, as well as eggs, fish, and some chicken. I also continued with my physio therapy exercises, and I was gradually increasing my running.
I lost weight with each change, except when I gave up Coca-Cola (I gained two pounds), but I knew that would happen. It was more of a step in giving up carbonated drinks. In the end, I did not have to give up red wine to lose weight.
By October, I lost 15 lbs.
Then my marriage ended, everything went crazy, and I did not feel like eating as much.
As a result, I lost another 25 lbs.
I feel healthy, and the weight loss has made running easier and more fun. I now deviate from my list every now and then, but overall, I have developed good eating habits. And, it was not too difficult.