About nine years ago, I reached my heaviest weight ever. It happened so quickly! I blamed a combination of the depression I had experienced that year, and the weight unfriendly medications I was taking. In addition, being overweight was not exactly rare in my family.
My depression, at that time, was so stubborn that I was urged to get a series of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatments. The treatments actually did alleviate my depression, but then the doctors put me back on the same weight unfriendly and ineffective mix I was on before the ECT. The depression came back. I was also told that I was pre-diabetic, had high cholesterol, and very high triglycerides. Really, enough was enough! I luckily had a major medication overhaul and my general practitioner (GP) was giving me lectures about my diet and lack of exercise.
I was actually lucky that the new medication mix I was given was a lot friendlier than the previous one. My depression lifted and I was nearly as hungry all of the time. But I had no clue how to go about improving my blood work results. I asked about seeing a dietitian, and was fortunate that my GP prescribed it (I needed that for my insurance to cover it).
The dietitian prescribed a specific diet that I was very faithful at sticking to. Again, the medication changes surely made my compliance possible. It took me only six months to lose 40 pounds and reach my normal BMI range. At that time, I was due for follow-up blood tests. When my GP received them, he was so excited that he called me himself the same day. Everything was normal! I was again healthy and a real hot chick, to boot!
I retained most of my weight loss for a number of years, but with a new medication added, the weight very slowly crept up. Oddly, even when my weight was still fairly normal, my cholesterol and triglycerides became a bit high again. Though I have normalized my triglycerides at times, my cholesterol levels have been a bitch to lower. Do I really eat so much saturated fat? Or is it true, that one of my medications is affecting me metabolically? I’m thinking a bit of both.
I think that more than anything else, having bad blood work results makes me feel middle-aged, when otherwise I still feel pretty young. I’m back on MyFitnessPal, which is a food and nutrition tracking tool. The challenge is for me to stick to the tracking and do my very best to keep within it’s recommended guidelines. If I do, I certainly hope that February’s blood test results are good. Maybe I’ll lose 10 pounds or more, as well. Oddly, my current weight doesn’t bother me half as much as the health concerns. Right now, I’m not as heavy as I was at my heaviest. In fact, I’m 20 pounds less than that. But yes, I did put on 20 pounds since I lost all that weight nine years ago.
Wish me luck! And, my hubby, too.