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Getting Fit To Be A Better You

Back in February this year I was hospitalized with DVT/Deep Vein Thrombosis or better known as blood clots. My left leg from my upper inner thigh all the way to my ankle, was riddled with clots.

The emergency room physician had a horrible look on his face when he gave me the bad news. It was the look on his face that I will never forget or what he said next.

“I’m terribly sorry”.

That scarred the F….. out of me, and changed my life forever.

My leg actually swelled nearly three times in size and after a couple of months, my leg gradually reduced in size. It is still slightly larger than my right leg, but as I continue to recover I am more than confident in a years time I’ll be able to resume all activities again.

I realized a few things about me that I never really gave a second thought to, and always made excuses for.

1.  I am only a few years from turning 50
2.  I was grossly over weight and I actually convinced myself that I was curvy.
3.  I took life for granted, especially my own!

Not anymore…………… I refuse to go down on account of a blood clot, no way!!

Last summer I lost 40 pounds, and sadly when my body swelled up that 40 I lost was back.

I can say proudly, that 40 pounds is gone plus more and I am not even close to my goal weight/size. It took DVT to wake me up and I’m glad this happened, no regrets. I look at pictures from a year ago to see a larger face then what I see in the mirror today. Now I still have to be cleared for weights and exercise from the waist down in due time. But I watch everything I eat, use smaller plates, stay active, and started light yoga. By my 50th I plan to be in the best shape of my life and plan to maintain it till the day I die.

I learned I miss salads and green veggies as my medication restricts me from these at this time. I eat ice cream and cake that I make myself, and indulge in a glass of vino or a beer. I am here to say if I can lose 60+ on a restricted diet, limited on exercises so can you.

Just put your mind and heart to it, don’t beat yourself up if you slip, pat yourself for trying, treat yourself, get rid of the garbage, fast and junk foods!

Do your best we are humans after all, don’t over do it at first and remember the weight did not appear overnight, nor will it disappear in a flash.

Stay focused & Strong.

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About Clarissa Cordero

Hi, I'm Clarissa from Huntington Beach, CA, I am an Author, Foodie and self taught "Home Cook" I love to “Dish” when it comes to anything that is food related as it has been a passion of mine from the moment I was able to hold a spatula. I have well over thirty years of experience in cooking, baking, and grilling. I've spent the last five or so years learning to replicate dishes of various cuisines around the world, create new dishes and reboot some of the classics I grew up with. It has been a pleasure sharing with others my passion, ideas, tips, and tricks that will make life in the kitchen fun and a lot easier.

13 responses »

  1. Yes, I munch when I am bored.

  2. i tend to munch when I am bored too

  3. I used to eat ice cubes. But I was told that wasn’t good for my teeth. I do know that drinking water is good. And pretty much moderation is a good key word. Continued success on recovery, good habits and keeping us informed of great information about food!

    Just wait until menopause though… that’s puts a whole different cog in the wheel of your body. I’m going to try very hard not to deal with any chemicals that claim to adjust you. After all memopuse is a natural state of change. Though I think the few extra pounds might come off with an better eating and (ack) an a fitness routine. :)

    I did end up getting a new blender and I’ve made some banana strawberry smoothies. Yum!
    Not quite sure about veggie smoothies just yet though :)

    • I’ll be posting smoothie recipes soon. Ive read some veggies can be masked with certain fruits.

      i am in peri menopause…eck…. I lost 60lbs, time to tone with yoga. Ive never been athletic and don’t intend to get buffed out, just want to be toned and maintain this body.

      • I’ve got the right size waist…just the belly isn’t co-operating…I’ve gone up the next size bluejeans (while I might have been an 8 or 10 as a teen I’m creeping into 14 territory) and I don’t fool myself by going to European clothing stores to get clothes that are sized differently – I know I’ll never be a zero much less a Eurpoean size 6. Maybe the thighs are thinking they can spread a bit too. Maybe mowing the lawn will help? While it is a self-propelled mower I still have to stand and walk behind it! :)

        Better than being like my elder aunts who were 5′ by 5′. OK maybe not that bad. But when you are a smaller person you need to not carry as much weight as someone who is taller.

      • I’m 5’6 and was a size 20! I am making my way back to my 12’s in high school.

        Ive always had a large booty that i now embrace with happiness.

      • I think they’ve switched the American clothing sizes. Especially shoes. I remember being an 8, then up to a 10, now depending on the shoe 8 1/2 to a 9.

        Baby clothes are even worse. Because they were set when babies were smaller. 6 mos, now mostly fits 3 mos. But that too depends on your little ones size. Our grandson is mismatched, pants are smaller than his torso. He’s three and only 25 lbs. I’ve seen one year olds bigger (well maybe not one year olds…but…).

        I’m not petite either. And never will be. We need to embrace ourselves. But in a healthy way too. :)

      • Exactly! My grandson is 6 and weighs 62 lbs, super tall but size 8 are too baggy. Your right clothes are made funky

  4. I was very interested and admired your gumption to get the weight loss program started and to blog openly about your life. I think you are doing great! From the photo I would never guess you needed to lose ANY pounds! I was in my 40’s and the dr. told me my cholesterol was rocketing too high, needed to lose weight. I lost 20 the first year, my cholesterol dropped 20 points to 240 (bad) and then I lost 20 more and got to a “safe” don’t need meds level. I have toned up but not lost any more weight. It is a gradual and very humiliating process, at times! I like your healthy renditions of recipes!

  5. Looks like I have work to do.


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