I have bitten the bullet and started a diet. The combination of the Lupus medicines and my leg being broken for over a year have left me feeling a little plump. Now that I am able to walk again, I can get my body moving. The main goal of the diet is not to reach a certain number on the scale, but to reach a point where I feel comfortable in my skin again.
I am using Weight Watchers Online as my tool. To date, I have lost 8 pounds in 4 weeks. The WW tools are easy to use and help me keep track of what I am eating. Man, there are hidden calories everywhere.
My morning routine consists of coffee and low-fat bran muffins. The coffee is a freebie on the diet, but I have to count the milk that I add. The low-fat bran muffins are my problem. I justify eating them because they are low fat and full of bran. But I consume so many calories in the morning that I have to cut back during the rest of the day. Why can’t I just eat one less muffin? I justify eating them by saying to myself, “It helps with Lupus morning tummy.” For those who aren’t familiar with that term, morning lupus tummy is the nausea that most lupus patients feel when they awake. Then comes the morning medicine and without some carbs to line your stomach, the nausea only worsens. Surely, I can eat one less muffin. They are small, after all. That’s it, I am doing it. One less muffin in the morning and now that my commitment is out in the universe, I have to stick to it.
Dieting is hard, but I am up for the challenge. If I can fight this disease every day, shedding a few pounds can’t hold me down. I am learning I can alter my “new normal,” if it helps me live better. Less weight and more health is definitely better.
Mission Accomplished: Taking Control of my Health and Improving my “New Normal”