At 8 years out, life is pretty good. Like everyone I have my great days and difficult days with food. I battle my FATHEAD every day trying to make healthy choices and to CHOOSE to exercise. It's a choice. Everything is a choice now. I either get off my butt or I watch the scale creep up. If I get off track with my eating, I see the scale creep up, and back I go, down to a back or basics eating plan. I still suck at moderation most days and if food is there, I will eat it. There's no magic to keeping it off. I know what works - lots of protein and exercise, very low carbs. Hard to sustain.
Medically no big issues other than the ones that I've known for years. Osteopenia of the spine that developed at year one (wrong form of calcium - we need citrate friends) but has stayed the same since. Anemia - always battling ferritin but haven't had it bottom out yet with hemoglobin. Always supplementing. Low vitamin D (Hello? I'm Canadian) and of course, Reactive Hypoglycemia (which I've managed well the last few years). That's it. They sound scary but other than watching my sugar intake and taking a few extra supplements, they really impact my life very little.
Positives - Life is GOOD. I fit in normal clothes. I range between a M-L in shirts, 9/10 or 11/12 in pants. I coach basketball and still walk like crazy. I did 5 half marathons and am calling a break until maybe Spring when I might consider taking up running again. Always undecided lol. I could end up doing bellydancing instead...who knows? Lol. I fit in backseats of cars, am not afraid of turnstiles or passing by groups of teenage boys, I do fit in one size fits all, I can shop in virtually any store, I can easily do all physical tasks and well, life is normal :)
The biggest change for me this year has been my attempt at resolving my body image issue. Although I know at times that I'm normal sized, I'm also at times very critical of my body. So well, it was time to pursue plastics. My tummy really has bothered me forever. It was time to fix this. So I finally decided to go for my tummy tuck. I was lucky enough to get OHIP to pay my panni portion and so out of pocket, it cost me $4080 to upgrade. I had a fleur de lis tummy tuck which includes a vertical incision in addition to the horizontal hip to hip cut. (This helps fix skin above the belly button as well). Dr. Matic in London removed four pounds of skin from my abdomen. I'm very pleased with results and hope that this well help me like my body a little more especially when it comes to summer time. It will also alleviate rashes and prevent hernias hopefully from happening in the future.
There's my life in a nutshell. Any questions? Just message me diminishingdawn @cogeco.ca (no spaces)