Weight is always a tricky subject. Especially if you have been overweight your whole life. I have a condition called PCOS – poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. It causes a lot of weight gain and it makes losing weight very hard.
Talking about my weight is not something I do in public. But hey, facing your fears head on is something I have always believed in. So here we are.
Back story – Thursday (about 2 weeks ago) I got up and lost all feeling in my legs. I was standing and held onto the cupboard, but I could not move. I stood there for 10 minutes. Not able to move. My legs gave in. And I couldn’t pretend that I did not know why. My weight has shot up the last few years due to stress about Abby and the fact that I don’t have time to prep meals or have time to eat properly. Having a child that won’t eat, or eat out of my plate, or puke out all the food while we are eating, tends to mess your meal times up. Also the fact that I have a c-section with Abby. There was some complications afterwards and I had another operation 8 months later to save my life. A year later another operation that almost ended my life. So physically I am just ‘done’. Every part of my body aches all the time. I can’t walk properly. I can’t bend – my one hip is busy giving in. My knees is giving in. I am dizzy and nauseas all the time.
I contacted a friend that I know will give me advice. She understands me – that I won’t take medication to loose weight or even, like a doctor suggested, get a gastric bypass. I told her – you either help me, or in a year I will be one of those women who has to get her husband to wipe her ass, and that – is not happening!! She excepted to help me if she was allowed to shout at me. I think shouting was the only way at this stage, so I excepted her challenge.
We decided that the GAPS diet would be my best option with a fasting period every day. I hate breakfast so we decided that I will eat at 6pm and then again 12pm the next day. It works for me as I can’t eat in the mornings and it makes me sick in anyway. Further – no sugar, no wheat and minimum dairy. I have been struggling wit Candida for a few years already and it needs to be treated with diet as well.
The first 8 days I lost….. 4.7kg! Yes, I lost almost 5kgs in just over a week! But more importantly – I feel better. I do a 5km every day – where I used to not be able to walk to the gate. I actually had a race with my kids on Sunday and I ran!! Like ran!!!! I know… SHOCK!
The aches are mostly gone, I can almost bend again. The hip is still sensitive but not nearly as bad as what it was. In 2 weeks!
I have a weight loss support group on Fb and we have been recording my progress there. And I have had so many people saying that, me being open about my struggle is giving them the courage to do also start. And hey, if I can help one person feel better, why not!?