This is the beginning of a series of blogs that will discuss my weight loss journey. I am very sensitive on this subject but felt it was important to discuss my personal experience to help those that can relate.
Battle of the bulge… something that many people are far too familiar with, myself included. My weight has been an issue ever since I was a kid. It was like as soon as I turned 7, everything went downhill… not the scale, that surely went up, but my body changed and not for the better. I remember being in fifth grade and weighing 180 pounds! I was the size of an overweight adult male at TEN YEARS OLD! And yet it didn’t stop there.
I went on Weight Watchers in 8th grade and the lowest I got to was 202 pounds. I remember the first week, I lost 5 pounds and my mom showed me a bag of sugar and said “this is how much weight you lost in one week! That’s amazing!” this motivated me but that motivation did not last long. I remember specifically I was so hungry one day and I had some Doritos and that’s all it took to revert me back to my old habits of overeating bad foods. From there, my weight waxed and waned. I would be motivated for about two weeks to lose weight and then something would change and I would just give up.
As an adult, the highest weight I reached was 308 pounds about two years ago!! I couldn’t even believe the number on the scale at that time. I didn’t feel that weight… or at least that’s what I thought but when I would see pictures of myself, especially candid ones, I was disgusted. I really did look like I was 308 pounds. My whole body just looked swollen. I think I was just lying to myself, trying to convince myself that it wasn’t really that bad. Looking back at my eating behaviors, it was no wonder I ballooned up to the weight of a baby elephant. I knew things had to change.
In February-March 2020, the midst of the Covid pandemic was making its waves and shutting everything down… including seeing patients in the doctors office I worked at. Let’s just say I spent A LOT of sitting on my behind talking on the phone, triaging suspected Covid patients, advising them what to do even though we had no idea how to answer their concerns. I knew that if I continued to have this sedentary job and not do anything about it, my weight was only going to get worse. I had to make some changes and I needed to make them quick.
I had a friend who was very successful with weight loss using phentermine. I wanted to try it but it was hard to find a doctor to prescribe it because it’s a controlled substance and regular primary care doctors won’t usually just prescribe it. However, I was very fortunate to find a close by nurse practitioner that specialized in medication assisted weight loss and she was doing telemedicine visits during Covid and she prescribed it for me. So on April 24th, I started my weight loss journey.
It wasn’t easy, it hasn’t been easy and it is still a struggle. However, from April 2020 to November 2020, I lost EIGHTY pounds! I will explain how I lost that weight in a different blog post but I wanted to give the background to my issues with weight as this is a battle that many people fight with. I also wanted to touch on this because as a medical professional, I knew that it was important for me to get myself healthy so I would be taken seriously when I would educate patients on diet changes and exercising in order to lower cholesterol or to prevent their A1C from rising into diabetic range naturally. I needed to most importantly do it for myself but also so I can offer help and advice to others who are struggling with the same thing.
Please follow along with the other blogs that are soon to come, that will discuss how I lost the weight, the importance of accountability, why taking progress pictures lead to increased motivation and the life changes I made that had the biggest impact.
(Continue to part 2 of the series here)