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.