On this date in 2005, right smack in the middle of our yearly holiday binge, Cliff and I decided we had to do something about our weight (click HERE to read about that decision): I weighed in at 188, Cliff was 277. We'd done it before and we'd do it again... hopefully for the last time.
Now, we really don't "diet" in the traditional sense, because we allow ourselves to have any food we want, in moderation, except that I limit fats drastically here at home. I try to dwell on what we should have, rather than what we shouldn't. For instance, if I realize I've only had three servings of fruits, I'll grab an apple. If I'm low on vegetable intake for the day, a carrot or a stalk of celery is taken, like medicine. We totally ban second helpings. I weigh portions of meat and fish, and I measure our cereal; it took the granddaughters awhile to get used to such strange behavior. One cup of Cheerios looks pretty pathetic, until you slice a banana in with it.
That's the course on which we embarked.
We started walking again every day, but only a half-hour, as opposed to an hour in the past. An hour takes a huge toll on Cliff's at-home hours, causing resentment on his part; and I knew my knees wouldn't like an hour of wear-and-tear. So we figured we'd use moderation in our exercising and be less likely to drop out.
Little did we know, that day, that Cliff was already having heart problems, and that in April he'd have his chest opened wide for major reconstruction.
But after that surgery, the heart doctor told us, "You're already doing the right things; just keep doing them."
It's amazing how things work out.
Today Cliff weighs 213 pounds, and I weigh 148. We've lost enough weight between us to make a whole other person.
Timing is everything, and I give glory to God on that score. We started eating properly and exercising at a critical time, before we even knew there was a problem. A friend came to visit and told us Cliff's "heartburn" might be something more serious, so we made an appointment with our doctor, just in case.
Wow, what a year it has been... and yet, one of the best years of our lives!